Longlist Announced For Desmond Elliott Award

Nathan Filer’s novel amongst the long list for the Desmond Elliott Prize

Nathan FilerThe Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer is amongst the ten authors who made the long list for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize. This award celebrates first time British and Irish authors.

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 Letter Bearer by Robert Allison
  • Idiopathy by Sam Byers
  • Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy
  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
  • Sedition by Katharine Grant
  • The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt
  • A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
  • Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera
  • Ballistics by D. W. Wilson


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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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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