At the Book People we are so passionate about all kinds of books and especially discovering new authors and sharing their amazing first novels with our customers. After personally reading through various debut novels, our Debut Fiction Choices are especially hand-picked as books we feel showcase a new talent in a captivating, unforgettable and particularly promising way. Previous choices have gone on to be nominated and even win major literary awards, such as Specsavers National Book Awards International Author of the Year Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child and Christie Watson’s Costa First Novel-winning Tiny Sunbirds Far Away.
Our latest Debut Fiction Choice is performance poet and registered nurse Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall. A dark, absorbing and poignant book that is written beautifully and covers one man’s harrowing descent into mental illness, this is a book that is sure to challenge society’s attitude towards this sensitive subject. Gavin Extence’s The Universe Versus Alex Woods is another thought-provoking and poignant book that tackles the important issues in life including friendship, loneliness and death. Alex Woods is an outsider teenager who forms an unlikely bond with the cantankerous Mr Peterson and what follows is a surprising and unforgettable journey rich in characterisation. Heartbreaking but also hopeful, this novel was recently shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.
Written by Peggy Riley, Amity & Sorrow is the darkest novel about love and the Good Life that you will ever read. When a suspicious fire breaks out at their fundamentalist church, Amaranth takes off with her daughters Amity and Sorrow but they both want different things… Schroder is another unsettling read, laced with black humour, about a parent’s unconditional love for his daughter… A love that sends him to criminality. With believable characters and an intriguing subject matter, this is an exploration of how sometimes love can lead to the most unexpected circumstances and even insanity. We fully expect both of these books to gain a much wider audience, so read up on them first with the Book People.
We currently have a special offer on selected Debut Fiction Choices. You can get two of the following titles for just £8: Schroder, The Land of Decoration, The Shock of the Fall, The Universe Versus Alex Woods and Amity & Sorrow.