Women writers dominate Waterstones 11 list

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.