On Thursday 15 April the National Centre for Writing announced the 10-strong longlist for the £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize, which will be awarded to the most outstanding first novel of the past 12 months.

‘The DEP longlist this year is a particularly strong collection of fascinating, thoughtful and challenging novels that grapple with themes of identity, meaning and self understanding. Most of these books are on my recommends shelf and all of them are favourites with our customers. I’m excited to see what the shortlist holds!’Pages of Hackney

Click each title on the left (or above, on your phone) to find out more.