I’ve been slack at posting reviews of late (perhaps always), but things have been a bit hectic at work and at home. I do want to blog more regularly, so I’m hoping that whilst I work my way through the pile of books waiting for review, these little posts will keep things ticking over.
Thinking of my three favourite debut novels is actually really hard because many of the books I love seem to be their authors’ first, so I reserve the right to change my mind about this list (probably many times).
I’ve written about Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt before but I had to include it here. It’s moving, funny, intelligent, assured, and not in any way mawkish. I’m really looking forward to reading her next book.
My love of Agatha Christie is no secret and including her debut is an obvious choice. It might not be her best novel (for that, try Crooked House, And Then There Were None, or The Murder of Roger Ackroyd) but it has all the hallmarks of later Christie novels, and introduces Poirot and Hastings.
I Capture the Castle was Dodie Smith’s first novel, although she’d been a playwright for years, and was written whilst living in America, inspired by her homesickness for England. It’s one of my favourite books and Cassandra is amazing.
What are your favourite debut novels?