Irish author Lisa McInerney has continued with her winning ways after she was awarded the 2016 Desmond Elliot prize for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies.

The Desmond Elliot prize is worth £10,000 stg and is awarded for a debut novel. The judging panel, chaired by author Ian Pears, said its decision was unanimous.

Pears said: "Lisa is a genuinely exciting writer - there is electricity running through her prose."

"This is a complex, unusual, violent book, bleak but with welcome humour, and she manages a huge cast with confidence.

"There is never any doubt that she is in complete control, right to the unexpected but perfect ending."

This is the second honour for the Galway-born writer this month, coming just two weeks after she won the prestigious Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction.

Now in its 21st year, The Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded to the best novel written by a woman from anywhere in the world.

McInerney said she was "completely stunned" to win the £30,000 prize and praised the "great celebration of diverse voices" recognised by the awards.

The Glorious Heresies depicts the fall-out from an accidental killing in Cork, in a story told by five characters, convincingly imagined in an earthy, vivid narrative.