Looking to try something new? Check out our Debuts of the Month selection. You never know, one might become your favourite new author and a special discovery!
July 2009 Debut of the Month. James Bond and Jason Bourne better hope they don’t meet ex Royal Navy intelligence officer David Trevellyan, the new character created by Birmingham born novelist Andrew Grant, as they would be in serious trouble. But if you like reading explosive edge of the seat action adventure then you will be happy you found him. This is a rocket ride of a thriller and it’s only a debut!
THE TWELVE, Neville’s first novel (titled THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST in the USA) is an outstanding debut about a haunted ex-IRA killer and British undercover agent striving to survive his guilt and a veritable posse of implacable enemies. Harrowing, realistic and full of compassion for the victims of crime and terrorism, this introduces a major new voice to crime writing. An outstanding achievement.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize, a sad, haunting tale of sister rivalry, of the invasion of privacy, of resentment, of reclusive behaviour, secrets and lies as elderly sisters live together again after forty-seven years apart. The details on moths is extraordinarily fascinating. Comparison: Hilary Mantel, Kate Atkinson, Barbara Trapido. Please note that this title is also available in a Large Print edition. Click here to find out more.
Terrific, you’ve got to read this one. It’s a race-against-time thriller with a husband/father forced to commit crimes (including murder) to protect his kidnapped wife and child. Talk about warped, especially when you find out why! The emotions, both good and evil, that run through the book set it above most in this area, and the perverted mind manipulating the action is brilliantly drawn. Great stuff. Comparison: Simon Kernick, Richard Montanari, David Peace.
July 2009 Debut of the Month. This is a quite remarkable and moving debut novel that has was causing waves well before it was published. The author has crafted a powerful and, at times frightening tale that explores humanity’s unfailing desire to not just survive, but to live, even in its darkest hours. Beautifully written, terrifically paced and featuring one of the most relatable and identifiable characters in young adult fiction The Forest of Hands and Teeth is set to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages with its mix of horror, redemption and sheer breathtaking storytelling. Told through the eyes of a young girl called Mary, this is set to be the debut of the year we reckon. Click the screen below to watch a video trailer for this book.
What makes this such a gripping read is that although it is a book of science fiction it is not so far from reality as to send a chill down the readers bones. Set in real towns in the not too distant future, this is a book that should make us question how we treat each other and our planet in the here and now. A great mixture of science fiction, horror and ecological questioning make for a great debut novel.
A literary conspiracy thriller where a secret society of people, using an antiquarian bookshop as their headquarters, is infiltrated by a member out to misuse their power, for these people can manipulate your mind as you read, and so, in the right circumstances, control it. A useful power and a dangerous one in the wrong hands. Comparison: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, J L Carrell.
June 2009 Debut of the Month. The devastating effect on a close family when their genius daughter is murdered. The younger, carefree sister narrates this tragic tale 14 years after the event when she is at last able to piece the clues together and find a solution. It’s an absorbing read made urgent by needing to know ‘whodunit’. But it is much more than that, being a tale of family, loss, love and misused trust to the point of betrayal. A clever, unusual read. Comparison: Alice Sebold, Donna Tartt.
Edinburgh lowlife, crime, drugs and people trafficking but this is no Rebus replacement. This is tough, bad and highly dangerous, very violent, very cruel and very compulsive. It features a tortured ex-journalist, Gus Dury, who is expected to star in many more books. Comparison: Ken Bruen, David Peace, Martyn Waites.
June 2009 Debut of the Month. Told in the first person by a freelance journalist, this is an investigation into the circumstances that led an American anthropologist to be jailed for murder in Thailand. It is a fascinating, multi-stranded, informative story. The detail of missionary work, primitive tribes, life in Thailand and other eastern areas are presented as non-fiction, complete with footnotes, but it’s a tale of jealousy, grief and murder, completely enthralling. Comparison: Tash Aw, Amitav Ghosh, Geoff Ryman.
June 2009 Debut of the Month. A superb novel from a great new talent. The story unfolds told from the different perspectives of each family member and from Alice’s “Ghost”. Unloved by her mother and at a disadvantage in the family from the start Alice’s ‘possession’ leads to more and more turmoil and tragedy, with Alice herself not truly understanding what is happening to her. Each character is fascinating and the descriptions of Hong Kong and the family’s life there are vivid. This is a wonderful book and highly recommended. Click the screen below to watch a video of Anne Berry discussing The Hungry Ghosts.
An unlikely rags-to-riches story of a young supermarket girl who becomes a supermodel – the charm of the tale is in the telling. It fizzes along, the dialogue is perfectly alive, riveting stuff that turns dark in a most satisfying manner. He is the creator of Little Voice, a play which was filmed and which starred Jane Horrocks. Comparison: Willy Russell, Ben Elton, James Hawes.
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