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W&N editors let you in on the hot debuts coming up in 2017

Fiction, Non Fiction

Jess Htay - December 22nd, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, the W&N editors look ahead to 2017 and the exciting new voices that we will be bringing to a bookshop near you! If you want some hot tips for your 2017 reading list, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m hugely excited about The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey. It’s a big story with a dark soul. Full of intrigue and more than a little magic, The Stolen Child is a novel of rugged beauty and enchantment.




Jennifer: I’m looking forward to February and the publication of Shannon Leone Fowler’s beautiful memoir, Traveling with Ghosts, in which Shannon chronicles the journey she took through Eastern Europe and Israel following the sudden death of her young fiancé. Desperately sad, but clear-eyed and unsentimental, it’s a brave book for anyone who has loved, lost or struggled to live in the aftermath of tragedy.

Jennifer tweets @JenKerslake


Kirsty: I am so excited about History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, which we will publish in February 2017. Emily’s voice is stunning and the novel is completely addictive. And I am certainly not the only one to think so. The praise has been pouring in, including this wonderful quote from TC Boyle: ‘As exquisite a first novel as I’ve ever encountered. Poetic, complex, and utterly, heartbreakingly beautiful.’ I think this writer is a must-read debut!



Craig: I can’t wait for Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry to come out in hardback in February. This book has had such an amazing journey through publication, with the excitement in house going from strength to strength. Nora arrives home to find that her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. Claire Messud says that ‘It’s like Broadchurch written by Elena Ferrante’. What more encouragement do you need?

Craig tweets @craig_lye


Sophie: I have some very special second novels coming next year – Michèle Forbes and Simon Wroe have not only done it again, they’ve done it even better.

So let me mention my debut, Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier, which is Amélie meets A Man Called Ove. In those pages, you’ll find a man and a woman who accept surreal missions against their better judgement. Set in the shadow of Montmartre, it’s an incredibly atmospheric book – simultaneously sweet and strange.

Sophie tweets @SophieBuchan


Paul: I am very much looking forward to publishing Blue: A Memoir – Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by Met police officer John Sutherland. Not only is it a moving account of a life in policing, and of the emotional and psychological impact of one of the hardest jobs around, but it is also wonderfully written book by a natural storyteller. It is a privilege to work on what feels like an important and timely book, and I would love for it to reach a wide readership when it comes out in May 2017.

Paul tweets @pcmurph


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