Indies score on Desmond Elliott longlist

<p>Indie publishers have scooped half the nominations on the longlist for this year&rsquo;s Desmond Elliott Prize, with two showings from Tindal Street Press, including Costa First Novel winner Raphael Selbourne&rsquo;s <em>Beauty</em>.<br /><br />Stablemate <em>Before the Earthquake</em> by Maria Allen made the 10-strong list, plus <em>The Upright Piano Player</em> by David Abbott (MacLehose Press), <em>The Shadow of a Smile </em>by Kachi A Ozumba (Alma Books) and Costa First Novel shortlistee <em>The Girl with Glass Feet </em>by Ali Shaw (Atlantic).<br /><br />James Daunt, <em>Observer</em> literary editor William Skidelsky, and author Elizabeth Buchan comprise this year&rsquo;s judging panel for the prize, which was set up in honour of publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott to support new writers.<br /><br />A shortlist of three for the prize, worth &pound;10,000, will be revealed on 26th May, with the winner announced on 23rd June.<br /><br /><strong>The longlist in full:</strong><br /><br /><em>The Upright Piano Player </em>by David Abbott (MacLehose Press, Quercus) <br /><em>Before the Earthquake</em> by Maria Allen (Tindal Street Press) <br /><em>The Hungry Ghosts</em> by Anne Berry (Blue Door) <br /><em>Rupture</em> by Simon Lelic (Picador) <br /><em>The Shadow of a Smile </em>by Kachi A. Ozumba (Alma Books) <br /><em>Talk of the Town </em>by Jacob Polley (Picador) <br /><em>The Breaking of Eggs </em>by Jim Powell (Weidenfeld &amp; Nicolson) <br /><em>Designs for a Happy Home</em> by Matthew Reynolds (Bloomsbury) <br /><em>Beauty</em> by Raphael Selbourne (Tindal Street Press) <br /><em>The Girl with Glass Feet </em>by Ali Shaw (Atlantic Books) <br /><br /></p>