Books  |  Apr 19, 2011

Nat Segnit longlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2011

Nat Segnit’s Pub Walks in Underhill Country has been longlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. The Desmond Elliott Prize is awarded for a first novel published in the UK and is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott.

Pub Walks in Underhill Country is a cunning, hilarious and often heartbreaking tale of marital – and environmental – meltdown. Following Graham Underhill, a much-loved local watercolourist, ale enthusiast, and self-published guidebook, Pub Walks in Underhill Country is a quirky and affecting story of love and country rambling.

The 10 writers longlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize include former commissioning editor of ELLE magazine (India) Anjali Joseph, critically acclaimed short film director Tom Connolly, award-winning journalist Leo Benedictus and city lawyer Jonathan Lee.

When choosing the winner, a panel of three judges will look for a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting character, and which is both vividly written and confidently realised. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in June 2011.