Derek Owusu: Stormzy-signed author wins Desmond Elliott book prize

The first novel to be published by Stormzy’s #Merky Books has scooped a prestigious £10,000 book award.

Derek Owusu’s That Reminds Me follows the life of a boy called K from foster care to his birth family in Tottenham.

It has won the Desmond Elliott Prize, which is given to the year’s best debut novel in the UK and Ireland.

Author Preti Taneja, who chaired the judges, said they were “as shattered by the truths of the story as we were moved by the talent of its writer”.

Stormzy launched #Merky Books in 2018 to showcase writers “from all different walks of life, especially those who may have never had the opportunity to get into the industry so early”.

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