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Acosta, Rostain and Selasi among Waterstones 11
15.01.13 | Lisa Campbell
A novel from ballet star Carlos Acosta and one of the first titles from Headline's new imprint Tinder Press are among the 11 literary debuts chosen by Waterstones to champion in 2013.
Acosta's novel Pig's Foot (October)-set in Cuba, and telling a story of revolution, family secrets and love across three generations - is one of two Bloomsbury titles on this year's "Waterstones Eleven" list. The second is Ballistics, a Canada-set story of fathers and sons by D W Wilson, winner of the BBC National Short Story award, to be published in August.
Michel Rostain's The Son, which Tinder Press will publish in May, is one of three Hachette choices. The novel, which tells of a father and his dead son, won the Prix Goncourt for Debut Fiction in 2011. Also from the Hachette stable is "quirky" novel The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (Hodder & Stoughton, January) and The Fields by Kevin Maher (Little, Brown, March), a tale of an Irish adolescence.
Random House has two titles in the Eleven: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland, June), set in the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, and Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera (Wm Heinemann, September), a first novel by the author of memoir The Boy with the Topknot.
Other titles include the "savagely funny and bracingly true" Idiopathy by Sam Byers (Fourth Estate, April); Y by Marjorie Celona (Faber, January), the tale of an abandoned newborn; Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Picador, August), the story of a murder in 19th century Iceland; and Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (Viking, April), about a divided family split between West Africa, America and England.
The list was announced this evening (14th January) at Waterstones, Piccadilly. Waterstones m.d. James Daunt said: "It is in bookshops - the bricks and mortar kind - that new writers are most easily discovered and championed. The Waterstones Eleven puts new writing at the forefront of the literary calendar and it has quickly become a celebration our readers trust.
"I look forward to reading, discussing and arguing about these books in the months to come and to following the brilliant writing careers our authors are destined to enjoy."
This is the third selection for the Waterstones Eleven, which in previous years included choices for books such as Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English (Bloomsbury), later shortlisted for the Man Booker, and Tea Obrecht's The Tiger's Wife (Orion), which won the Orange Prize for Fiction.