Rupture longlisted for Desmond Elliot Prize 2010
The good news: Rupture, has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2010, an annual award for a first novel published in the UK.
The bad: the ceremony, should I make it to the shortlist, clashes with England’s opening-round decider in the World Cup against Slovenia – the country in which my father was born and a host of friends and family still live. No bragging rights at stake there, then.
This gives me a get-out, of course. Should my novel get knocked out in the first round (as it were), I can pretend I would rather have been watching the football anyway. Not that anyone would be convinced, of course.
Here’s the longlist (and my new reading list) in full:
- The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott (MacLehose Press, Quercus)
- Before the Earthquake by Maria Allen (Tindal Street Press)
- The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry (Blue Door)
- Rupture by Simon Lelic (Picador)
- The Shadow of a Smile by Kachi A. Ozumba (Alma Books)
- Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley (Picador)
- The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
- Designs for a Happy Home by Matthew Reynolds (Bloomsbury)
- Beauty by Raphael Selbourne (Tindal Street Press)
- The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (Atlantic Books)
For more, go to www.desmondelliottprize.org.