Reading in the Desert

…a bookworm in Dubai

Desmond Elliott Prize

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Winner: Our Endless Numbered Days by Clare Fuller


  • A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey


  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 3 stars
  • Chop Chop by Simon Wroe
  • Glass by Alex Christofi
  • Randall by Jonathan Gibbs
  • The A to Z of You & Me by James Hannah
  • The Bees by Laline Paull
  • The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth


Winner: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride


  • The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison
  • Ballistics by D W Wilson


  • 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
  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
  • Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera


Winner: The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber



  • The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland
  • Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman
  • The Fields by Kevin Maher
  • Signs of Life by Anna Raverat
  • Seldom Seen by Sarah Ridgard
  • Jammy Dodger by Kevin Smith
  • The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace


Winner: The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen




Winner: Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph


  • Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman


  • The Afterparty by Leo Benedictus
  • The Spider Truces by Tom Connelly
  • Who is Mr Satoshi? by Jonathan Lee
  • A Vision of Loveliness by Louise Levene
  • Pub Walks in Underhill Country by Nat Segnit
  • Coconut Unlimited by Nakesh Shukla
  • The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed


Winner: The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw


  • Before the Earthquake by Maria Allen
  • Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley


  • The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry
  • Rupture by Simon Lelic
  • The Shadow of a Smile by Kachi A Ozumba
  • The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
  • Designs for a Happy Home by Matthew Reynolds
  • Beauty by Raphael Selbourne
  • The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott


Winner: Blackmoor by Edward Hogan


  • A Girl Made of Dust by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi
  • The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn


  • Little Gods by Anna Richards
  • Mr Toppit by Charles Elton
  • Never Never by David Gaffney
  • Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
  • The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams
  • The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona MacLean
  • The Alternative Hero by Tim Thornton


Winner: Gifted by Nikita Lalwani


  • Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
  • Sunday at The Cross Bones by John Walsh


  • Broken by Daniel Clay
  • Kill Your Friends by John Niven
  • The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi
  • The Outcast by Sadie Jones
  • Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann
  • The Truth About These Strange Times by Adam Foulds
  • Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
  • Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

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