Desmond Elliott Prize 2022 Winner

It is our great pleasure to confirm Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer as the winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2022

An audacious tour de force that is both heart-wrenchingly moving and darkly funny, Mortimer's accomplished debut centres on Lia and the shapeshifting malady that enters her body at the close of her life. A triumph of both style and substance, Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies tackles a complex, emotive topic with invention, intelligence and integrity.

 

‘With Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies, Maddie Mortimer has penetrated the body and spirit of literature, taking an experience, one familiar to so many of us, and making it completely unique. The experimentation with language, form and ideas, offers us something that is precious and personal to each writer: human truth. It’s a courageous feat, and one executed with the wisdom of a sagacious observer.’

Derek Owusu, Chair of Judges

The Shortlist 

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Crackling with the vernacular and atmosphere of underworld Dundalk, Cassidy’s dynamic debut finds two women thrown together on a wild road trip through Britain infused with battered beauty, misplaced devotion and ten kilos of cocaine.
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A vibrant, funny and compassionate debut from an exciting new literary voice, Keeping the House follows three generations of women as they navigate the complex and precarious heroin trade of North London.
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An audacious tour de force that is both heartwrenchingly moving and darkly funny, Mortimer's accomplished debut centres on Lia and the shapeshifting malady that enters her body at the close of her life.
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The Longlist

Somebody Loves You
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Assembly
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Iron Annie
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Lessons in Love and Other Crimes
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Hourglass
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Violets
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Fault Lines
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Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies
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Moth
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