The 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize shortlist

The official shortlist was announced yesterday:

  • The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison (Granta)
  • A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Galley Beggar Press)
  • Ballistics by D.W. Wilson (Bloomsbury)

Well. This shortlist has two books in common with our shadow selection, but the inclusion of Ballistics actually gives it a very different character overall. As with the IFFP shortlist, I find it fascinating to see the consensus of another group of readers.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing remains my favourite book from the Desmond Elliott longlist (read my review here), and I think it has a good chance of winning. We’ll find out on 3 July.


  1. Just bought Girl Is Half Formed Thing yesterday. Had planned to leave it awhile before reading but now think will try it ASAP.

  2. I’m disappointed that The Shock of the Fall didn’t make the official shortlist, BUT I did really like all three of these so there’s that.

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