This week on The Readers we have news hot off the press as the Waterstones 11 has been announced for 2013. This inspires Gavin and Simon, who got the list exclusively on Friday, to not only discuss the eleven debut authors to watch out for in 2013 but also to discuss debut authors full stop, what are the highs and lows of reading debut fiction, if indeed there are any. Oh and Simon and Gavin have a bit of a disagreement on it all.
The Waterstones 11, 2013 () Announced last night at 8pm, though Simon and Gavin have known since Friday and been very good at keeping a secret, was the Waterstones 11. For its third year running the UK bookseller Waterstones chooses the eleven fiction debuts they think deserve to be read and predict big things from. Simon and Gavin mull the present list as well as lists from the last two years and what happened to those books. This year’s list comprises of…
Pig’s Foot by Carlos Acosta
Idiopathy by Sam Byers
Y by Marjorie Celona
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Fields by Kevin Maher
The Son by Michel Rostain
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
Ballistics by D. W. Wilson
Debut Authors () In the second section of the show Gavin and Simon thought they would use this opportunity to discuss debut authors, which they have been meaning to do for some time. Both Gavin and Simon do watch debut authors with interest though they can see there are some pros and some cons to debut novels. They discuss, and then nearly have a row, about this on the show this week. Its book throwing at dawn… ok, well not quite.
Next Week on The Readers () Simon and Gavin will be back next Tuesday for more book based banter. Until then… Happy Reading.