The Judges

The judges for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011 were announced on Friday 28 January 2011. BBC broadcaster and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Show Edward Stourton chaired the panel of judges and was joined by Fanny Blake, author and Books Editor of Woman & Home, and Amy Worth of Amazon.

Edward Stourton, Chair of judges, commented at the time: “My eldest son (who is 28) is publishing his second novel this summer – so I know at first hand how tough the publishing world can be for young writers. It is a privilege to be part of a project designed to encourage and recognise them. And a position that compels me to spend time reading new fiction really is irresistible.”

About the judges

Edward Stourton (Chair) is a presenter of BBC Radio Four programmes including The World at One, The World this Weekend, Sunday and Analysis and is a regular contributor to the Today programme where for ten years he was one of the main presenters. He has written and presented several high-profile current affairs programmes and documentaries for radio and television and also writes for national newspapers and magazines. Born in Nigeria in 1957 and educated at Cambridge University, he is the author of Absolute Truth (Viking 1998), In the Footsteps of St Paul (Hodder & Stoughton 2004), Paul of Tarsus: A Visionary Life (Paulist Press 2005), John Paul II: Man of History (2006) and It’s a PC World: What it Means to Live in a Land Gone Politically Correct (2008) published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Fanny Blake is a journalist and writer and is currently the books editor for Woman & Home magazine. She worked in publishing for over 20 years, lastly as editorial director at Viking/Penguin. More recently she has written a number of non-fiction titles and has also worked with high-profile celebrities on both fiction and non-fiction. Her own first novel, What Women Want, was published by Blue Door in April 2011.

Amy Worth recently made the exciting move to digital and joined the Kindle team at where she works with publishers to increase selection for Kindle customers. Prior to that, Amy was head of books buying at and was heavily involved in such launches as Amazon Rising Stars, Amazon Author Pages and Look inside the Book.