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)

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Posted on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 at 10:47 am