Waterstones has revealed its Spring Book Club titles with half of the 12-strong paperback selection authored by debut novelists, including newly crowned Costa First Novel winner Emma Healey (pictured) with Elizabeth is Missing (Penguin).
Other debuts on the list are Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist, already named as the chain's Book of the Year for 2014, The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson (Abacus, Little,Brown), The Bees by Laline Paull (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins), In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman (Picador, Pan Macmillan) and The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera (Abacus, Little, Brown).
Little, Brown has a further two titles on the list: The Churchill Secret by Jonathan Smith (Abacus) and The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer (Sphere).
The remaining titles are Her by Harriet Lane (W&N), the Man Booker shortlisted The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (Vintage), The Beggar and the Hare by Tuomas Kyro (Short Books), and The Accident by Chris Pavone (Faber).
Chris White, Waterstones fiction buyer, said: “It’s thrilling to be embarking on another year of Book Club. Our Spring list is really very special. With 2014 having been a year of notable successes for Waterstones Book Club, I can’t wait to see which books emerge in 2015 to match the likes of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The Girl with All the Gifts, The Norfolk Mystery and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly for sales and popularity. It’s particularly pleasing to be starting the new year with a clutch of books by debut novelists, highlighting the strength of new writing coming through and our commitment to supporting it.”
The W H Smith Richard and Judy spring list, announced last week, also included both Healey's and Burton's novels.