So, Waterstones has announced their choice for the top 11 debut authors to read in 2012. It’s a fantastic list and incredibly varied. One major thing to note is the presence of female authors on the list. Out of the eleven chosen, eight are female which is brilliant for fiction in 2012. Last year there was much debate over the number of men who read female writers, hopefully this list helps show that women are brilliantly strong authors and more will read their novels.
Here’s the list:
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles. The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan and The Land of Decoration.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and Absolution by Patrick Flanery.
Signs of Life by Anna Raverat, The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan and Shelter by Frances Greenslade.
I’ve already read three of the titles on the list. Harold Fry is a charming and sweet account about age and making the most of our lives. The Snow Child is a brilliant story of love both lost and found. The Lifeboat (review coming in March) is a great story of suspense and tension that follows survivors of a shipwreck ad they drift in a lifeboat and a struggle for power ensues.
Personally I have my eye on a few others to read. The Art of Fielding has been on my radar for quite some time… I’m actually quite desperate to read it and have still not picked up a copy. Shelter looks entirely original and interesting. Care of Wooden Floors sounds darkly funny and The land of Decoration has been on my periphery since reading the catalogues at the end of 2011.
This is a great year for fiction and with this list it’s great to see Waterstones leading the charge as usual.
Are there any that you have your eye on?