Friday Reads: Discover a Debut

So far, 2016 has seen a lot of fresh-faced new authors hitting the shelves. Here at Impress HQ, we’ve compiled a list of debut authors to watch out for, along with a few of our own.


First up is Katerina Diamond

Diamond has been hailed as the Queen of Crime since her debut novel The Teacher was released. This is a gritty police procedural with a slasher edge that makes for a fast-paced and gory novel. Diamond is also on the John Creasey New Blood Dagger and we’re waiting in eager anticipation for her next novel The Secret.



Next we have Andrew Michael Hurley

Published in October 2014, The Loney was Hurley’s first book. Since publication, it has won the 2015 Costa First Novel Award and the 2016 British Book of the Year award. It is an extraordinary Gothic novel and we wait in eager antiticipation of Hurley’s next novel.

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Our next debut is Emma Cline

Cline’s novel The Girls was released in June 2016 and was highly anticipated. It’s The Sunday Times Top 10 Best Seller and The New York Times Top Ten Bestseller. California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life….


The next debut is Annabel Abbs

Annabel is one of Impress’s own authors. She is the 2015 winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers and her fictionalisation of James Joyce’s daughter, The Joyce Girl, was published in June 2016. Her novel has since gone on to be published in Australia and New Zealand with Hachette and with a major German publisher.

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Our final debut author is Alex Clare

Her police procedural He’s Gone will be published on 1 August. When Detective Inspector Roger Bailley returns to work as Robyn, all she wants is to get on with the job she loves. But when toddler Ben Chivers is snatched from a shopping centre on Robyn’s first day, she has to find Ben – and herself – as she deals with the reactions of her police colleagues, the media and her own daughter. Look out for the He’s Gone blog tour starting on Monday 18 July!

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