Last year, the prophets of Brentford gazed into their crystal balls and selected eleven debut novelists for their inaugural Waterstones 11 list, a list which champions debut authors who are expected to make an impact over the next twelve months. It proved to be an inspired selection, including the Man Booker-shortlisted Pigeon English and Orange Prize winner The Tiger’s Wife. Headline’s When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman made up the literary football team, and subsequently scored huge commercial success, winning a Galaxy Book Award and even making the bedside table of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Last week, the Waterstones 11 list for 2012 was unveiled at a swanky bash at their flagship Piccadilly store. Publishers, booksellers, journalists and authors galore turned out to celebrate the line-up which includes Headline’s own Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child.
As Eowyn was sunning herself in New Orleans at the Winter Institute bookseller conference, a group from Headline took on the onerous task of sipping champagne, and toasting (repeatedly) to the success of this year’s list. After an inspiring speech from James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstones, we mingled with the literary crowd which included a number of the Waterstones 11 authors.
Eowyn was thrilled to make the list, keeping fine company alongside the likes of Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat and Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – both debuts I have read and adored. As well as the fantastic atmosphere (well done team Riot Communications), a number of partygoers had already read The Snow Child, and seemed to have fallen under its spell.
Below is the full line-up. A list of eleven prizewinners and bestsellers, perhaps?
The Waterstones 11
Jenni Fagan – The Panopticon
Patrick Flanery – Absolution
Frances Greenslade – Shelter
Chad Harbach – The Art of Fielding
Eowyn Ivey – The Snow Child
Rachel Joyce – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Grace McCleen – The Land of Decoration
Anna Raverat – Signs of Life
Charlotte Rogan – The Lifeboat
Karen Thompson Walker – The Age of Miracles
Will Wiles – Care of Wooden Floors
Find out more about each of the Waterstones 11 titles here: http://waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/pages/waterstones-eleven/2272/
Posted by Sam Eades, Publicity