Care Of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2012

• Apr 25, 2012 • Tags: , ,

Amazing news at 4th Estate HQ! Care Of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize 2012.

The committee noted how ‘this longlist reflects a trend in debut fiction of bringing contemporary resonance to some traditional heavyweight themes’, and Wiles’ novel is no exception.

Care of Wooden Floors is about how a tiny oversight can trip off a disastrous and farcical (fatal, even) chain of consequences. It’s about a friendship between two men who don’t know each other very well. It’s about alienation and being alone in a foreign city. It’s about the quest for perfection and the struggle against entropy. And it is, a little, about how to take care of wooden floors…

Books that made the longlist are:

A shortlist of three books will be announced in May, and the winner will be announced on Thursday 28th June at Fortnum & Mason, London.

The 2011 winner was our very own Anjali Joseph for Saraswati Park. Fingers crossed for a repeat of this fantastic success!


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