Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – D

DD is for Debut Novels

Since I’ve been blogging I’ve read quite a few debut novels. In the past I’ve been wary of trying new authors but since blogging and joining a book club I have become more open-minded to trying something..rather someone different.

The debuts I’ve read so far that were also published this year are:

The A – Z of You and Me by James Hannah
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Holy Cow by David Duchovny

By far and away one of the best debut novels I read last year was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. If historical fiction and crime is your thing and even if it isn’t (because I didn’t think it would be either) you have to give this book a go.

Just last week the contenders for the Desmond Elliott Prize was announced. This prize is billed as the Premier Prize for New Fiction – see the nominees here 2015 Longlist.

Some of my other favourites from 2014 and fabulous debuts worth a mention are:

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

I also want to mention a book that I’ve read recently for book club called The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This book was actually published in 2006 but I’d heard of it because of the BBC drama adaptation shown last year, so was really pleased when it was picked for our book club choice. Just shows that it doesn’t matter how old a debut novel is, it can still be enjoyed many years after…just like many classics I guess.

Have a look at this article on the Guardian website highlighting some of the 2015 debuts to look out for – New Faces of Fiction 2015

What’s been your favourite debut novel of the year so far?

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