Archive | January, 2013

Presenting the Waterstone’s 11 2013 (aka Your 2013 Must-Reads)

14 Jan

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I love debut novels. There’s something extra special about them, like some kind of delicious spark of newness and excitement jumps off every page. I don’t care if the author’s been self-publishing for decades, THIS IS THEIR DEBUT! They could be The Next Big Thing! And you’re holding their shiny little book of joy and wonderment in your hands! Etc.

So I was mega psyched to see that Waterstones have finally released their 11 top debut novels for 2013. The Waterstones Eleven, the bookseller’s list of must-read debut novels, has become a massive ‘One’s to Watch’ list and a pretty trusty way of guessing the literary stars of tomorrow.  Last year’s picks included The Snow Child and The Land of Decoration, both of which were amazing. In fact, I’d recommend most of the Waterstones Eleven books I’ve read, including The Lifeboat and When God Was a Rabbit. The list is varied, the stories gripping, and – importantly – they’re also really enjoyable to read. 

This year the authors include ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, 27-year-old PHD student Hannah Kent (jel much?), award-winning journo Sathnam Sanghera, and national chess champ Gavin Extence, whose quirky coming of age tale ‘The Universe Versus Alex Woods’ is currently being read by yours truly (stay tuned for a review in the next few weeks). Having lived in Havana I’m also really excited about the Carlos Acosta novel Pig’s Foot, which sounds like it might be a transgenerational bit of magical realism (I’m hoping for a touch of Marquez about it.. although I’ll have to wait until October for the release). 

Here’s the full list of titles for your perusal. Click here for a little intro into each book… Which ones will be on your must-read list?

Pig’s Foot by Carlos Acosta (Bloomsbury, 30th October)

Idiopathy by Sam Byers (Fourth Estate, 25th April)

Y by Marjorie Celona (Faber and Faber, 17th January)

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (Hodder & Stoughton, 31st January)

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Picador, 29th August)

The Fields by Kevin Maher (Little, Brown, 7th March)

The Son by Michel Rostain (Tinder Press, 23rd May)

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland, 27th June)

Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera (William Heinemann, 26th September)

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (Viking, 4th April)

Ballistics by D.W. Wilson (Bloomsbury, 1st August)

 

By the way, for the sticklers out there, Waterstones got rid of the apostrophe – shudder… 

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