February 2017 New titles: Fiction Previews

Débuts are the lifeblood of the industry, but this month a number of excellent second novels caught my eye. Second novel syndrome is definitely a thing, and how can it not be when an author has had all the time in the world to write his or her first novel, but is (often) under contract on the second? It hasn’t been an issue for the writers who this month deliver on the promise of their first. I managed to miss Sara Baume’s début Spill Simmer Falter Wither while on maternity leave, but I’m so glad I was sent her second by a very enthusiastic publicist. A Line Made by Walking (W M Heinemann...

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