Lucy Ellmann is the daughter of two writers, Richard and Mary Ellman. Her eighth novel, Ducks, Newburyport was shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize
Ducks, Newburyport is 1,000 pages long and almost entirely told in a single sentence. Lucy Ellmann’s autobiographical first novel, Sweet Desserts (1988), was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize. Both her second book, Varying Degrees of Hopelessness (1991), and her third, Man or Mango? (1998), were shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her other novels include Dot in the Universe (2003), Doctors and Nurses (2006), and Mimi (2013).