Saturday, May 22, 2010

Indies on Desmond Elliott shortlist

21.05.10 | Katie Allen in The Bookseller

Indies Tindal Street Press and Atlantic have edged closer to a win of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2010 as each scored a title on this year's shortlist.

Before the Earthquake by Maria Allen (Tindal Street) and The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (Atlantic) will contend with Picador's Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley for the £10,000 prize.

Chair of judges Elizabeth Buchan said: "We were struck by the boldness, originality and ambition of these three very different writers.
"With settings ranging from early 20th-century southern Italy, to Carlisle in the 1980s to the mysterious St Hauda's Land, their novels make up a diverse, intriguing and hugely rewarding shortlist.”

The prize was set up in honour of publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott to support new writers.

The winner will be announced on 23rd June at Fortnum & Mason in London.

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