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Desmond Elliot Prize news

Desmond Elliot longlistExciting news!

The longlist for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2016 - a book prize awarded to début novels - has been announced and The Butcher's Hook has made the cut.

I'm thrilled (and honoured) to be included in such a fantastic group of writers: it's a dream come true. The books are:

  • Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
  • The Honours by Tim Clare
  • The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
  • Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh
  • Disclaimer by Renée Knight
  • Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea
  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  • The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
  • The Weightless World by Anthony Trevelyan

Find out more here.

The Butcher’s Hook book trailer

I'm thrilled to finally reveal the official book trailer for The Butcher's Hook. Let me know what you think!

Thanks to Timorous Beasties once again for creating the illustrations.


Welcome to my website, I'm so glad you found me here! I've got a varied CV up till now as an actress, a presenter, a broadcaster and a voice-over artist. And now I'm absolutely thrilled to add ‘writer’ to that list. The Butcher's Hook, my first novel, is a dark, twisted love story full of…

Buxton Festival

On Tuesday 19th July I will be at the Buxton Festival from 2pm. Do come along, I would love to see you there.

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