Nathan was also the recipient of the Costa Book of the Year Award in January. Other authors who made the list include Kate Clanchy, Donal Ryan and Eimear McBride for her novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing which took nine years to publish after being rejected several times.
The shortlist will be announced on 26th May and the overall winner will be announced on 3rd July and will win £10,000. Good luck to all the nominated authors.
Here’s the long list in full.
The Shock of The Fall is our book club pick this month. To take part in the discussion, click here.
To find out more about the Desmond Elliott Prize, click here.
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