BBC news, Elliott Prize

Three novelists vie for £10,000 Desmond Elliott prize : Jacob Polley, Maria Allen and Ali Shaw and will find out if they have won in June. A former bookseller, an acclaimed poet and a teacher have made the final shortlist for the Desmond Elliott prize for first time novelists.

Bookmakers have made Before the Earthquake by teacher Maria Allen favourite to win the £10,000 prize.

Talk of the Town by poet Jacob Polley and The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw make up the shortlist.

The prize was set up in 2007 in honour of the publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who died in 2003.

The three shortlisted books cover a range of genres from a coming-of-age tale to historical fiction and magical realism.\

The latter is Ali Smith’s Girl with Glass Feet which Gail Harris and I loved!

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