My daily life, working from home around small children, tethers me to the mile radius around my doorstep. So, when I boarded a plane for Chambéry’s Festival du Premier Roman I felt like a mole blinking in the sunlight. It was years since I’d flown alone, even longer since I’d navigated a new town. I […]
It’s a huge honour to have been awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize. I’m writing this a few days after the ceremony, and it still hasn’t quite sunk in: I have a memory of a very pleasant evening at Fortnum & Mason, where speeches were made, photographs were taken, and there was much laughter and good cheer.
I’ve been asked to write about what being nominated for the Desmond Elliot prize 2019 felt like/meant to me. Being on the long list felt like – vindication. The longest sigh escaping lungs aching with having held their breath too long.
This year’s DEP longlist consisted of novels full of narrative urgency and formal ambition, so I was delighted – and very pleasantly surprised – to make the shortlist. It was wonderful to be considered alongside works as stirring as those by Anna Mackmin and Claire Adam.
It’s time to discover another dazzling debut, thanks to our Desmond Elliott Prize alumni. Today we hear from author, poet, scholar and 2013’s winner, Dr. Ros Barber. “Debuts are rarely the first thing a writer has written and there is usually a long apprenticeship behind that first novel. In George Saunders’ case he was well-established […]
Juliet Annan, Publishing Director of Fig Tree, on why the Desmond Elliott Prize matters Claire Fuller’s debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days (2015) was always going to be an exciting debut, as Claire’s subject matter, the fantastic, atmospheric writing and the sheer suspense and clever plotting were so stand-out. She was picked by the Observer […]
Among the hundreds of literary prizes handed out each year, the Desmond Elliott Prize is a real favourite of mine. The hope with first novel awards is that they will identify not just a fine book but a fine author at the beginning of a memorable writing career and the Desmond Elliott Prize seems to […]
Today marks the publication of Bitter Orange (Fig Tree), the third novel by our 2015 winner Claire Fuller. The novel has already received rave reviews from the Guardian and The Sunday Times and will no doubt go on to garner many more. To celebrate its release, Claire shared some insight into the writing process with […]
It’s that time again to discover another dazzling debut, thanks to our Desmond Elliott Prize alumni. Today we hear from Head of Books and Features for the New Statesman and 2012 judge of the Prize, Tom Gatti. ” “Crassly explicit”; “gloatingly sadistic”; “repulsive”; “a work of unparalleled depravity”. I remember vividly flicking through the quotes […]
It’s that time again to discover another dazzling debut, thanks to our Desmond Elliott Prize alumni. Today we hear from author, musician, artist and winner of the 2012 prize, Grace McCleen. “One of the most remarkable debuts and probably the one I love best is Wuthering Heights. Emily Brontë’s only novel, it was published in […]