Maddie Mortimer wins the Desmond Elliott prize for Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

The ‘sprawling and ambitious’ debut centres on the author’s relationship with her mother, who died of cancer in 2010

“Spectacular talent” Maddie Mortimer has won the Desmond Elliott prize for her “incredibly inventive” novel Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies.

Mortimer was announced as the winner of the prize, which is given for a debut novel published in the UK and Ireland, at a ceremony in London this evening.

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