Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Waterstones 11

Waterstones have released a list of their 11 most promising young novelists, coining them ‘the literary ones to watch’. The list champions debut authors who are expected to make an impact over the next 12 months.

Writers featured in last year’s list went on to win awards and feature in the best-seller charts: Tea Obrecht (The Tiger’s Wife), Stephen Kelman (Pigeon English) and Sarah Winman (When God Was A Rabbit) all featured.

The list is open to debut authors whose books are published in English, and is not restricted to British-based writers. Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child, works in a bookshop in Alaska.

Janine Cook, chair of the Waterstones 11 selection committee, said: “Is this a golden age of female writing? The presence of eight female writers out of 11 on our list might indicate so. Whatever their gender, this year’s Waterstones 11 have a lot to live up to given the success, both critically and commercially, of last year’s list. But I have no worries on that count - these are all truly wonderful novels.”

The Waterstones 11

Jenni Fagan - The Panopticon
Patrick Falnery - Absolution
Frances Greenslade - Shelter
Chad Harbach - The Art of Fielding
Eowyn Ivey - The Snow Child
Rachel Joyce - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Grace McCleen - The Land of Decoration
Anna Raverat - Signs of Life
Charlotte Rogan - The Lifeboat
Karen Thompson Walker - The Age of Miracles
Will Wiles - Care of Wooden Floors
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