I have been meaning to write about this particular thing since World Book Night a few weeks ago. There was a brilliant show on BBC2 on the night in question which looked at promising debut British authors and coming up with a shortlist of twelve that stood out. You may remember me writing about my thoughts on debut novels, and you helpfully gave yours, a while back and this seemed to fit in just so. A panel of judges including novelist Helen Oyeyemi (who I have been meaning to read for ages) and headed by John Mullan, who wrote about it in The Guardian, came up with a final list of twelve 12 and its these novels that I wanted to ask you about…
- David Abbott – The Upright Piano Player (MacLehose Press)
- Jenn Ashworth – A Kind of Intimacy (Bliss)
- Ned Beauman – Boxer Beetle (Sceptre)
- Deborah Kay Davies – True Things About Me (Canongate)
- Samantha Harvey – In The Wilderness (Vintage)
- Adam Haslett – Union Atlantic (Tuskar Rock)
- Rebecca Hunt – Mr Chartwell (Fig Tree)
- Stephen Kelman – Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
- Jim Powell – The Breaking of Eggs (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
- Anna Richards – Little Gods (Picador)
- Eleanor Thom – In The Tin-Kin (Gerald Duckworth)
- Evie Wyld – After the Fire, A Still Small Voice (Vintage)
Now having said I wanted to ask you about all of them, I actually only want to ask about the ones in bold. The ones that aren’t I have already read. I know this list will have people saying ‘that one shouldnt be on there, this one should’ however it’s actually the fact that I have really loved three of the four I have actually read that made me want to ask you if I should give the other ones ago? I have linked back to two of them; sadly I didn’t love ‘Union Atlantic’ when I read it last year (sorry!!) so never reviewed it, the simply amazingly brilliant ‘Mr Chartwell’ is the book up for discussion tomorrow.
I am reading a corker of a debut novel by Naomi Wood at the moment which you can see a picture of somewhere up there ——> so I am keen to read plenty more of them. I have a few of the list above already (in italics) one of which I struggled with but will head back to. I really like the fact the debut novelists are all of very diverse ages. I just wanted your thoughts on the ones I have not read whether I own them or not, should I indulge in them all? That’s all… for now.