Début Delights – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 4

Apologies for belatedly posting this, as my computer got wiped by a nasty virus everything has been a little delayed. Just imagine you have been away for a weekend and forgotten your advent calendar so you have double/triple the treats to catch up with.

In the last week specifically I have not only started to think about the books which I have enjoyed the most this year, I have also started to think about the direction that I want the blog to go in 2012. This has been through certain contemplation here on the blog and in discussion elsewhere too. I have been feeling like I am forgetting the careers of authors I love and want to go back to them more often than I do, yet I wouldn’t want to miss out on new authors I might love and in particular début authors especially as 2011 has been such a fantastic year for them.

I think début authors will actually feature rather heavily on my ‘Books of the Year’ when I get around to finally compiling it and whittling them down (something I keep putting off) there have been joys like ‘When God Was A Rabbit’ by Sarah Winman, ‘White Heat’ by MJ McGrath, ‘Ours are the Streets’ by Sunjeev Sahota, ‘Grace Williams Says It Loud’ by Emma Henderson, ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by SJ Watson… I could go on. So I thought I would give a couple away as my fourth day of festive fun, and the titles I have chosen to give are ‘The Godless Boys’ by Naomi Wood (who I hosted a Reading With Authors with earlier this year and ended up in a fig roll fight with) and ‘Snowdrops‘ by A.D. Miller which I read and really enjoyed (and lost the almost finished review of in the great computer wipe mentioned above) in the Man Booker Longlist blur way back when.


Three of you, wherever in the world you are, could win a copy of both of these books. All you have to do is tell me which book, or books, have been your favourite début novels of the year and why? You have until 11am GMT on December the 7th – Good luck!


Filed under Book Thoughts, Random Savidgeness

15 responses to “Début Delights – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 4

  1. Ahh, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win these.

    My favourite debut books of the year are:

    Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt as it depicts the overbearing feeling of depression with painful precision.

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for how utterly dreamlike it is. It’s certainly a book for escapism.

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  3. gaskella

    Of the debuts I’ve read this year, ‘Rules of Civility’ by Amor Towles was fabulous and has grown on me more since. (I have Snowdrops, but would love to read Godless Boys).

  4. debuts ,the books from and other stories have been great this year ,all the best stu

  5. Louise

    I have quite a few favourites, I loved everything about The Night Circus, including the cover. I also loved White Heat, which I wouldn’t have come across if it wasn’t for you…I loved the setting, the ice and the coldness of it 🙂

  6. Ruthiella

    I only read two debut novels in 2011: When God was a Rabbit (sorry Simon, I did not like it as much as you did) and Mr. Chartwell (which I won! On this site!), which I thought was very, very good.

  7. When God was a Rabbit was an ok read for me but it did not overwhelm me as much as it should have. Ben Ryder Howe’s My Korean Deli was a funny memoir – nostalgic also which I liked.

  8. ana

    Thanks for the chance to enter your competition Simon!! My favourite debut novels of the year have both been introduced to me by two of my sisters who “live to read” and always have inspirational suggestions. And coincidentally, the novels are both by Australian women. And do I feel good about that? Delighted!!
    First read was Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett and just recently, House of Sticks by Peggy Frew. Both are recommended highly as explorations of contemporary family life, written with great insight and verve.

    Don’t miss them!!

  9. sharkell

    My favourite debut’s would be The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad for it’s fascinating portrayal of various aspects of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson which creeps up on you when you have finished reading it and makes you think about it time and time again, and Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson which kept me gripped from the moment I picked it up until the moment I put it down. I would love to win The Godless Boys – I have just finished reading Snowdrops. Thanks for the opportunity to enter….

  10. Steel Reader

    The only debut I have read this year was actually a non-fiction debut – Catherine Bailey’s Black Diamonds. However, I thought it was absolutely brilliant, and deserved a lot more recognition than it got.

  11. My favorite debut reads of the year are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Both very different, the Night Circus is about two rival magicians who fall in love and The Language of Flowers is a contemporary novel about a young women who spent her childhood in the foster-care system.

  12. Loretta

    My only debut novel this year was The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. The beuatiful story of the tiger’s wife is only one aspect of this mysterious family history that includes more than a hint of the supernatural. Simon, thanks for this fun Advent Calendar!

  13. Bet

    Looking through my list of the books I’ve read this year, the only ones that I am sure are debut novels are The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer, both of which were un-put-downable, but not published this year.

  14. The last book that has to go back is a novel, David Nicholls’s One Day , a new novel by the British author of the novel A Question of Attraction (which I really enjoyed, and which was made into an equally enjoyable movie, titled Starter for Ten, starring James McAvoy). I really wanted to read this one, and now I’m just not in the mood for its love story, told over the course of twenty years. Perhaps some other time.

  15. I’ve missed the competition but I wanted to put my vote in for The Tiger’s Wife. It’s not the kind of book I usually read but I was so happy that I listened to recommendations and borrowed it from the library. It was enchanting.

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