Recommended Debut Novels in 2006/07

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Suspicious Circumstances
1.  Suspicious Circumstances by Sandra, Ruttan
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  "Has to be one of the most satisfying mysteries going that grips the reader from beginning to end.....there is never a dull moment. It's a hard book to put down"
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A Model Summer
2.  A Model Summer by Paulina Porizkova
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  "Jirina is a tall, lanky 15-year-old Czechoslovak from Sweden. Teased and taunted for her inability to fit in, Jirina jumps at a chance to model in Paris. But the glamour doesn't live up to reality"
14.08   Used & New from: 0.36

Promise Not to Tell
3.  Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
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  "Forty-one-year-old school nurse Kate Cypher has returned home to rural Vermont to care for her mother who's afflicted with Alzheimer's. On the night she arrives, a young girl is murdered"
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Finn
4.  Finn by Jon Clinch
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  "When Jim and Huck find a dead man in a house floating down the Mississippi, the room with the body is filled with mysterious oddities: a wooden leg, two black masks, crude scrawlings over the walls"
14.67   Used & New from: 1.21
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Gabriele Caccini: The Vampire Gene - Book 1
5.  Gabriele Caccini: The Vampire Gene - Book 1 by Paigan Stone
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  "Over four hundred women have died because of my uncontrollable passion, so why is Lilly the only woman in centuries to survive my fatal kiss?"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Bareback
6.  Bareback by Kit Whitfield
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  "Imagine living in a world where 99.6% of the population turn into werewolves once a month, and the remaining few "barebacks" are unable to turn because they've been subtly brain-damaged at birth...."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Resistance
7.  Resistance by Owen Sheers
The list author says:
  "In an imagined alternative 1944, after the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings, half of Britain is occupied...Young farmer's wife Sarah Lewis wakes to find her husband has disappeared"
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Welsh Girl
8.  The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
The list author says:
  "A tale of intersecting lives during World War II and may well reward its author with a literary award or two"
11.06   Used & New from: 0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Beast
9.  Beast by Ally Kennen
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  "In the depths of a reservoir lives a monstrous creature. Its existence is unknown to anyone except the teenage boy who feeds it. Six years ago it was a vicious little baby. Now it has grown huge"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Disobedience
10.  Disobedience by Naomi Alderman
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  "A tale of sexuality, lesbianism, tolerance and belief in London's Orthodox Jewish Community"
7.19   Used & New from: 0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law (Gollancz S.F.): 1
11.  The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law (Gollancz S.F.): 1 by Joe Abercrombie BA
The list author says:
  "Striking debut novel with all the cynicism, realism and punch the fantasy genre has been missing"
8.36   Used & New from: 1.33
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)

Mosquito
12.  Mosquito by Roma Tearne
The list author says:
  "It's a love story and it's set in Sri Lanka. A middle-aged English writer falls for a local girl, who flits in and out of his life in much the same way as the iridescent butterflies"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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The Tenderness of Wolves
13.  The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
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  "Story begins in the town of Caulfield, Ontario with the murder of a French trapper, Laurent Jammet, and the simultaneous disappearance of Mrs Ross's adopted son Francis"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

Paper Houses: A Memoir of the 70s and Beyond
14.  Paper Houses: A Memoir of the 70s and Beyond by Michele Roberts
The list author says:
  "Paper Houses is the memoir of a young woman who comes down from Oxford to London in 1970, determined to break free from a conventional middle-class, close-knit family"
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Die With Me
15.  Die With Me by Elena Forbes
The list author says:
  "Debut novel about a DI and pathologist based in Barnes in south-west London"
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The Resurrectionist
16.  The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
The list author says:
  "It is London, 1826. Leaving behind his father's tragic failures, Gabriel Swift arrives to study with Edwin Poll, the greatest of the city's anatomists"
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2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

The Scandal of the Season
17.  The Scandal of the Season by Sophie Gee
The list author says:
  "Based on the true 18th-century scandal of the affair between Arabella Fermor and Robert Petre, seventh Baron of Ingatestone. Filthy London, Jacobite plotting and Alexander Pope all contribute too"
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Contract
18.  Contract by Simon Spurrier
The list author says:
  "Michael Point doesn't seem anything special. He dresses conservatively, is thoughtful, methodical and well spoken. He also happens to kill people for a living"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

When To Walk
19.  When To Walk by Rebecca Gowers
The list author says:
  "Tristram Shandy meets Bridget Jones . . . Ramble is a brilliantly original and convincing voice; simultaneously funny, tragic and inspiring"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Poppy Shakespeare
20.  Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan
The list author says:
  "One of the best received debuts of the last year. Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award, Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and favourite to win the Orange New Writers Award"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Halfway House
21.  Halfway House by Katharine Noel
The list author says:
  "Wonderful story of a family nearly destroyed but finally redeemed. Teenage daughter Angie is diagnosed with manic depression and her family , parents and brother, must come to terms with her new self"
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The Raw Shark Texts
22.  The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
The list author says:
  "The bastard love child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code. Fast, sexy, intriguing, intelligent - a cult waiting to happen"
8.33   Used & New from: 0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

I Have Waited, and You Have Come
23.  I Have Waited, and You Have Come by Martine McDonagh
The list author says:
  "The world has been ravaged by climate change and Rachel is left to fend for herself, living amid a clutch of disparate communities whose inhabitants she chooses to avoid"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

All We Have Left Unsaid
24.  All We Have Left Unsaid by Maxine Case
The list author says:
  "Danika keeps a lonely vigil at her mother's hospital bed, helplessly watching her life slip away, Danika is once again confronted by the dark secrets of her childhood in Cape Town in the eighties"
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
25.  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
The list author says:
  "Fisheries scientist Dr Alfred Jones is approached by Ms Harriet Chetwode-Talbot on behalf of her client Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zaidi bani Tihama to head a project to introduce salmon into the Yemen"
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