Waterstone’s 2011 List of 11 Best Debut Fiction Books

Yesterday evening, Waterstones announced its 11 best debut fiction books of 2011, at an event at its London Piccadilly branch. There are several interesting choices in the list including a book by Sam Leith, the former literary editor of The Daily Telegraph and a book by 25 year old lecturer, Téa Obreht who teaches creative writing at Cornell University.

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Here is the full list:

  • City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (Jonathan Cape, published 7th April)
  • The Free World by David Bezmozgis (Viking, 7th April)
  • The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages by Sophie Hardach (Simon & Schuster, 14th April)
  • 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson (Fig Tree, 28th April)
  • Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka (Jonathan Cape, 7th April)
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury, 7th March)
  • The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith (Bloomsbury, 4th April)
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Orion, 10th March)
  • The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud (William Heinemann, 7th April)
  • The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed (Viking, 24th February)
  • When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman (Headline, 3rd March)

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