I love it when I discover a new author whose voice sounds so fresh and clear it’s like the very first novel I’ve ever read. Since it’s so challenging for debut writers to get people to take a chance on their book and find a readership it feels especially important to support fresh talent. So, following on from the top debut novels of 2016 list I made last year, here is a list of ten debut novels published in 2017 that I found especially good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lenlmi_vuNc&t=5s I really hope these authors continue to publish more because they have such unique points of view and refreshing writing styles. It’s also worth noting that Sally Rooney’s “Conversations with Friends” won this year’s Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. Please let me know in the comments about any particularly exciting debut novels you've read this year.
Before coming up with an overall list of my books of the year, I thought it’d be fun to make different categories of favourite books I’ve read in 2016. I’ll make videos briefly discussing each book. I’m going to start by listing ten debut novels published in the UK during 2016 that I've loved reading. They include a historical novel about whaling, a story of introversion/artistic expression, a small town mystery centred around two charismatic girls, a teenager in a murderous 60s cult, vicious passion in Georgian London, tragic love in the Middle East, a family saga buried within a magnificent library, a father/son tale of emotional disconnection, an eerie remote fishing village and an absorbing novel about Soviet spies in mid-century Britain. Watch me discuss my top ten picks of distinctive & original new voices in fiction from 2016 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0Xz1Mra5pk
Have you read any great debut novels this year? Is so, let me know about them in the comments.