Women writers dominate Waterstones 11 list

Eight female novelists have made the Waterstones 11 2012 selection, with three novels each from the Random House and Hachette stables among the line-up for the second year of the promotion for debuts.

HarperCollins has two novels on the list, with one each from Simon & Schuster, Atlantic and Pan Macmillan. The novels were chosen by a Waterstones selection committee- chaired by publisher liaison manager Janine Cook -from nearly 100 publisher submissions, with the promotion free of charge to enter and take part in.

The full line-up is The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann), Shelter by Frances Greenslade (Virago), The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Headline), The Unlikely- Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday), The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen (Chatto & Windus), Signs of Life by Anna Raverat (Picador), The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (Virago) and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Simon & Schuster). Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles (HarperPress), Absolution by Patrick Flanery (Atlantic) and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Fourth Estate), the three male-authored works, complete the list.

Managing director James Daunt stressed the key role of booksellers in guiding readers to new works: "For us booksellers, the process of introducing and guiding readers to the very best new work is one of the most important roles we perform."

Waterstones also launched a "Book Club" promotion this week, which highlights 12 books for a period of 12 weeks, offering discounts and extra clubcard points on the books purchased.