The time to reveal the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020 shortlist has finally arrived! NCW Programme Assistant and almost absurdly well-organised person Lillie Coles joins us on the pod to introduce the shortlisted titles and provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the running of the prize.

You can find further details about the shortlisted books here, along with links to where you can buy them online.

Read Preti Taneja’s response to the shortlist as Chair of the Judges in the Guardian here.

The Desmond Elliott Prize is part of the National Centre for Writing’s Early Career Awards. Find out more about them here.

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