We're delighted to have two debut novels on the longlist for the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize, Little Deaths by Emma Flint and Ithaca by Alan McMonagle
Described as the 'most prestigious award for first-time novelists' (Telegraph), the Prize is celebrating ten years of supporting debut authors this year and is awarded in the name of the late, acclaimed literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott.
The Desmond Elliott Prize has an established record for spotting up-and-coming novelists in the UK and Ireland and propelling them to greater recognition and success, past winners include Claire Fuller, Eimear McBride, Grace McCleen, Lisa McInerney and Ali Shaw.
A gripping debut novel about love, morality and obsession, exploring the capacity for good and evil within us all.
Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive - is she really capable of murder?
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A funny and poignant debut novel about a lonely boy's search for his absent father.
Summer 2009, and eleven-year-old Jason Lowry avoids his vodka-swilling, swings-from-the-hip Ma and her latest boyfriend by escaping to the Swamp: a mysteriously rising pool of fetid water on the outskirts of the town.
There, he meets the girl, a being as lost as himself, and with even less regard for reality. Together, they conjure exotic adventures - from ancient Egypt to the search for Ithaca, home of Odysseus. But what begin as innocent flights of fancy soon become forays into hazardous territory; the girl is a dangerous (and very committed) partner in crime.
The Desmond Elliott Prize 2017 longlist in full (in alphabetical order by author):
Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Sceptre)
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal (Viking)
Little Deaths by Emma Flint (Picador)
Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary (Harvill Secker)
The Transition by Luke Kennard (4th Estate)
Ithaca by Alan McMonagle (Picador)
The Sacred Combe by Thomas Maloney (Scribe UK)
They are Trying to Break Your Heart by David Savill (Bloomsbury)
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber)
Forbidden Line by Paul Stanbridge (Galley Beggar Press)
>>>Watch Emma and Alan reading from their longlisted novels
The shortlist will be announced on 5th May, and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason on 21st June.
To find out more about the Desmond Elliott Prize please visit www.desmondelliottprize.org