Début novels kick off the new year

Début novels kick off the new year

The first quarter of 2015 sees the publication of several début novels, including books by new voices James Rice, Anna Smaill and Sara Taylor.

Kate Howard, editorial director at Hodder, acquired Rice’s Alice and the Fly (15th January, £14.99), on exclusive submission from Karolina Sutton and Norah Perkins at Curtis Brown. Howard said: “From the moment I picked it up, I loved James’ funny, wise, dark and sad writing. I was delighted to find out my colleagues felt the same way.” 

The novel is a dark, coming-of-age story about a teenage boy with severe arachnophobia and his relationship with...

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