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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  1. 4th April 2015 / 10:17 am

    With you on Paula Hawkins and Diane Settlefield. I’ve just read Disclaimer by Renee Knoght which is a superb debut novel.

    • 6th April 2015 / 2:48 pm

      I’m putting Disclaimer on my to buy list – heard so many good things about it!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Cleo πŸ™‚

  2. 4th April 2015 / 7:00 pm

    Have yet to read Girl on the Train but my expectations are HIGH! I recently read The Dead Wife’s Handbook which although wasn’t released this year, is still a debut and it was absolutely stunning! xx

    • 6th April 2015 / 2:49 pm

      I’ve had The Dead Wife’s Handbook on my to buy list for a long time, just not got round to getting it. You know how things are with too many books πŸ™‚

  3. emilia m.
    7th April 2015 / 12:49 am

    The Rose Project was amazing πŸ˜€ loved it !

    • 8th April 2015 / 8:04 pm

      I really should get around to reading the sequel but haven’t yet.
      Thanks for stopping by Emilia πŸ™‚

      • emilia m.
        8th April 2015 / 8:07 pm

        I’ve heard the sequel is not as good though…

        • 8th April 2015 / 8:17 pm

          Tough act to follow πŸ™‚

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