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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