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24.04.12 | Hannah Lewis and Benedicte Page
Big bestseller Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson (Doubleday) and a novel from small Welsh publisher Seren, The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness, feature together on a diverse longlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize.
The £10,000 award, given to a first novel published in the UK, is now in its fifth year.
Transworld imprint Doubleday has two titles on the longlist, with Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry joining S J Watson.
The remaining titles are: Absolution by Patrick Flanery (Atlantic); Bed by David Whitehouse (Canongate); The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood (Simon and Schuster); Care Of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles (HarperPress); The Land Of Decoration by Grace McCleen (Chatto); The Missing Shade of Blue by Jennie Erdal (Little, Brown); and The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo (Faber), as well as Seren's McGuinness title.
A shortlist of three titles will be revealed in May, with the winning title announced on 28th June. Last year’s prize was awarded to Anjali Joseph for Saraswati Park (Fourth Estate).