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Irish writer Lisa snaps up £10k prize with her debut novel

By Julia Hunt

Published 23/06/2016

Author Lisa McInerney, who has won the Desmond Elliott Prize for her first novel
Author Lisa McInerney, who has won the Desmond Elliott Prize for her first novel

Irish author Lisa McInerney has won the Desmond Elliott Prize for her first novel.

The Glorious Heresies beat Gavin McCrea's Mrs Engels and The House At The Edge Of The World by Julia Rochester to claim the £10,000 best debut novel of the year award.

The judges, novelist Iain Pears, The Pool's Sam Baker and Katy Guest, former literary editor of the Independent on Sunday, were unanimous in their decision.

Chair of judges Pears said: "Lisa is a genuinely exciting writer, there is electricity running through her prose."

The Galway-born author's debut, which also won the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction earlier this month, is set in post-crash Ireland and tells the story of returning exile Maureen, whose reappearance after 40 years threatens the criminal empire her estranged son has spent so long building.

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