ovels by Luke Cassidy, Tice Cin and Maddie Mortimer have been shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.
Named after the literary agent and writer Desmond Elliott, the annual award goes to a primary novel written in English and revealed within the UK.
Cassidy’s Iron Annie, Protecting the Home by Cin and Mortimer’s Maps of Our Spectacular Our bodies are the three books within the operating for the £10,000 prize.
Every ebook is ingenious, transportive and possesses the flexibility to elicit that feeling of awe that each reader recognises once they’re studying a profound piece of literature
“All three titles on the shortlist characteristic feminine protagonists who’ve been dealt a troublesome hand, from heartbreak to financial deprivation to a devastating medical analysis,” a press release from the organisers of the prize stated.
Derek Owusu, who gained the prize in 2020, is chair of this yr’s judging panel, which additionally options award-winning journalist and writer Symeon Brown and Cheltenham Literature Pageant’s programme and commissioning supervisor, Lyndsey Fineran.
Owusu stated: “This was a troublesome shortlist to drag collectively as there have been so many unimaginable books to select from, however the three that we now have chosen we really feel finest replicate the spirit of the Desmond Elliott Prize.
“Every ebook is ingenious, transportive and possesses the flexibility to elicit that feeling of awe that each reader recognises once they’re studying a profound piece of literature.”
Iron Annie tells the tragic but hopeful story of Aoife, a girl who is aware of virtually everybody in Dundalk’s underworld.
“Luke Cassidy takes us on a street journey by way of the gritty underworld and sophisticated parts of friendship, love and society,” stated Owusu.
“With a language all his personal, Cassidy has produced an unimaginable debut, full of power, oddball characters and a number of compassion.”
Spanning three generations, Protecting the Home gives a recent tackle the equipment of the North London heroin commerce, lifting the lid on a covert world thriving simply beneath discover.
Maps of Our Spectacular Our bodies follows the story of Lia, after a sudden analysis upends her world, inflicting the boundaries between her previous and her current to start to break down.
The winner of the award might be revealed on July 1.
Final yr’s prize was gained by AK Blakemore’s novel The Manningtree Witches.