One of 77 novels submitted for The Desmond Elliot Prize 2015 was Claire Fuller’s ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’. This brilliant novel went on to be longlisted and then shortlisted along with Carys Bray’s ‘A Song for Issy Bradley’ and Emma Healy’s ‘Elizabeth is Missing’. At a gala event at Fortnum & Mason this evening the winner has just been announced. Huge congratulations to Claire Fuller!
The chairman of the Prize Trustees, Dallas Manderson, said: “I know Desmond would have been pleased to champion such an entirely original writer and we look forward to seeing many more novels to come from Claire Fuller.” The committee for the prize got it so right when they said: ‘The shortlist showed that there’s no age limit on being a sparkling new arrival on the literary scene.’
Best-selling author, Louise Doughty, chairperson of the judging panel, in The Independent described the three shortlisted debut novels as “stupendous” and recognised that “…readers and journalists are curious about authors’ backgrounds, but of the many facets of a novelist’s biography, the most irrelevant when it comes to their work, is surely the dates on thier birth certificates.” We at The Prime Writers wholeheartedly agree and at the end of the day getting readers is the main prize — the one that brings the greatest satisfaction.