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Desmond Elliot Prize 2017 Book Reviews

This year, students from our course were invited by the Desmond Elliot Prize to review their 2017 longlist. The Desmond Elliot Prize is celebrating it’s 10th year this year, and is a prize for debut novels written in English and published in the UK. The panel of three judges are looking for:

“a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting character, and which is both vividly written and confidently realised”

The prize is named after Desmond Elliot, a literary agent and publisher.

Please see and enjoy the following reviews from our students:

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, reviewed by Sarah Gilbert

The Transition by Luke Kennard, reviewed by Sarah Gilbert

Ithaca by Alan McMonagle, reviewed by Jonathon Leech

The Sacred Combe by Thomas Maloney, reviewed by Jonathon Leech

They Are Trying To Break Your Heart by David Savill, reviewed by Holly Miller

Little Deaths by Emma Flint, reviewed by Holly Miller

Forbidden Line by Paul Stanbridge, reviewed by Sara Zo

Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary, reviewed by Sara Zo

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal, reviewed by Madison Price

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, reviewed by Madison Price