Author Archives: Desmond

Q&A with Sally Rooney

We spoke to Sally Rooney about her debut novel, Conversations with Friends, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. ‘Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be […]

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Q&A with Xan Brooks

We spoke to Xan Brooks about his debut novel, The Clocks in this House all Tell Different Times, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. ‘Summer 1923: the modern world. Orphaned Lucy Marsh climbs into the back of an old army truck and is whisked off to the woods north […]

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Submissions open for the 10th annual Desmond Elliott Prize

Entries are invited for ‘the most prestigious award for first-time novelists’ (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland, The Desmond Elliot Prize, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. The £10,000 Prize is presented in the name of the acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose personal commitment to finding and nurturing new authors […]

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TV deal for Desmond Elliott Prize-winner The Glorious Heresies

This year’s Desmond Elliott Prize-winner, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, has been optioned for television by the boutique drama production company Fifty Fathoms. Fifty Fathoms’ recent productions include Marvellous, Pete Bowker’s film for BBC2 starring Toby Jones and Gemma Jones; Fortitude, Simon Donald’s crime thriller for Sky Atlantic and Pivot, set in the Arctic […]

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The Desmond Elliott Prize & the Festival du Premier Roman

Claire Fuller, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015, talks about her experience at the Festival du Premier Roman A couple of weeks ago I went to Chambéry in France, where I had been invited to speak at the Festival du Premier Roman, an annual literary festival all about debut novels. The organisers bring together 15 French […]

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Gavin McCrea: Journey to Publication

Gavin McCrea’s debut novel Mrs Engels has been shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. We talked to him about the novel’s journey to publication, and his experiences as a debut author

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Lisa McInerney: Journey to Publication

Lisa McInerney’s debut novel The Glorious Heresies has been shortlisted for both the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 and the Baileys Prize 2016. We talked to her about the novel’s journey to publication, and her experiences as a debut author.

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