Dazzling Debuts

16 January 2018

Meet your new favourite authors. February brings a clutch of corking novels by first-time writers - from thrillers and tales of love and obsession to an intriguing murder mystery. By Sue Price.

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

What a gorgeous romp through the coffee shops, bawdy houses and bustling docks of Georgian London this is! It's 1785 and two unlikely people, Jonah Hancock, a portly merchant from Deptford, and Angelica Neal, a celebrated courtesan, are brought together in astonishing circumstances when a new curiosity - the body of the mermaid - arrives in the capital. A tale of love, family and social status movingly told.

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Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

If there's a red-hot debut of 2018, this is it. A film is already in the pipeline starring Charlize Theron. CIA analyst Vivian Miller is working to uncover Russian spy cells and sleeper agents. Trouble is, one of the sleepers turns out to be her husband. It's a belter of an espionage thriller mixed with domestic suspense by an author who was herself a CIA agent.

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Happiness for Humans by P Z Reizin

Here's just the thing to brighten February. When Jen is unceremoniously dumped, Aiden wants to make her happy by finding her a new man. Except Aiden is a piece of ultra - sophisticated AI (Artificial Intelligence) wizardry, whom software-company employee Jen is training to sound and act more human. Can his meddling cause anything by trouble? A joyful, beautifully quirky romcom that's great fun.

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The Chalk Man by C J Tudor

Taut, twisty and very creepy, this is a must for anyone who enjoys psycho-thrillers. Chalk-drawn stick men used as a secret code by 12 year-old Eddie and his best mates, Fat Gav, Metal Mickey, Hoppa and Nicky lead to a gruesome discovery of a dismembered body. Thirty years later, the chalk figures mysteriously pop up again and suddenly one of the gang is dead. The ending is genius.

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White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht

This heartbreaking novels moves between 1943 and modern-day South Korea to tell the story of two sisters, Hana and Emi, separated by war. Hana is abducted to serve as a 'comfort woman' for Japanese soldiers, while Emi spends the rest of the life blaming herself and searching for her lost sibling. Expect this to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Murder mystery goes into overdrive in this mind-blowingly original debut. Lord and Lady Hardcastle are hosting a masquerade ball. As the fireworks explode, their daughter is killed and Aiden, a guest, must solve her murder. Until he does, the day will repeat itself over and over as each morning he will wake up in the body of a different guest. It's whodunnit heaven.

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Yorkshire: A Lyrical History of England's Greatest County by Richard Morris

Using his own special brand of lyrical narrative, Richard Morris (a professor of archaeology) weaves history, family stories, travelogue and ecology to tell how England's largest county - and perhaps our most stereotyped - evolved, not just as a landscape but as a part of the nation's cultural identity. If only every county were celebrated in the same terrific way! Listen out for it as Radio 4's Book of the Week, starting 12 February.

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