Desmond Elliott Prize shortlist 2015

The Desmond Elliott Prize jury has announced its shortlist:

  • A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  • Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

This is quite a unified selection, with strong themes of family and secrets (and family secrets), and some very powerful moments. It’s difficult to guess which the judges might choose as a winner. We’ll find out on 1 July.


  1. Well I guess it’s time to get Elizabeth’s Missing off my wish list and into my hands! Thanks David.

  2. For me it’s time to get Issy Bradley off the shelf! And if it’s as good as the other two it’s certainly something to look forward to! I would think both of those deserving winners but if I had to choose I’d go for Endless Numbered Days which was fantastic – although of course I haven’t read that Issy Bradley yet!

  3. Great list. I guess I better get reading Endless Numbered Days!

  4. Great to see Endless Numbered Days being recognised, I haven’t read the other two, but they sound deserveing too from the reviews I have read.

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