Michael Donkor reflects on the Desmond Elliott Prize

As another cycle of the Desmond Elliott Prize draws to a close we asked shortlisted author Michael Donkor to share his experience and memories of this year’s Prize.


2019 Desmond Elliott Prize shortlisted author Michael DonkorThis 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.

Having Alan Hollinghurst – one of our great chroniclers of both ‘historical’ and contemporary queer experience – say wise, encouraging things about my own novel that concerns identity and transgression was another, rather astounding, highlight!