The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK.
Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott.
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
"Elizabeth is missing", reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. A fast-paced mystery with a wonderful leading character: Maud will make you laugh and cry, but she certainly won't be forgotten.
A Song For Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
This is the story of Ian - husband, father, maths teacher and Mormon bishop - and his unshakeable belief that everything will turn out all right if he can only endure to the end, like the pioneers did. This is the story of his wife Claire's lonely wait for a sign from God and her desperate need for life to pause while she comes to terms with things. This is the story of the agony and hope of Zippy Bradley's first love, and of Alma Bradley's cynicism and reluctant bravery. And it is the story of seven-year-old Jacob. His faith is bigger than a mustard seed, probably bigger than a toffee bonbon, and he's planning to use it to mend his broken family with a miracle.
Both titles available to purchase in large print.