Desmond Elliott Prize 2020 Winner
It is our great pleasure to confirm That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu as the winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020.
Utterly original and audacious in its construction, Owusu’s exploration of identity and belonging through fragmentary memory holds the reader spellbound throughout. Boldly experimenting with poetic form and the essence of fictionalised biography, That Reminds Me is a revelatory tour de force.
Fierce, eye-opening and unforgettable, this stunning debut from Nigerian Abi Dare is a story about shaping a self under exceptionally difficult circumstances. Offering empowerment for all those who struggle to be heard, The Girl with a Louding Voice is a paean to the might of words and the courage to dream.
Full of wit, humour and tenderness, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney is a powerful meditation on youth, race and sexuality. Nzelu writes with confidence and piercing insight about the delicate negotiation of an identity between two cultures. Generous, profound and uplifting all at once, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney announces the arrival of a dazzling new voice in fiction.
A work which defies easy categorisation, Owusu’s incendiary coming-of-age tale is an intensely raw yet lyrical narrative, relayed in clipped, precise fragments. Playing with rhythm and structure with staggering assurance, That Reminds Me is an urgent slice of social realism from a hugely exciting new literary talent.
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