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Monday, February 23, 2009

New Voices of 2009

In February last year Waterstone's picked 12 new writers, predicting their names would dominate the literary landscape for years to come. As Kate Saunders observes in her commentary on the list in Times Online, the company's crystal ball is in pretty good nick - the list included several future prizewinners, including Aravind Adiga, then unknown but now a Man Booker prizewinner.

Spy Mouse, who has read the Ashworth and the de Witt books, is particularly chuffed that these works are included, while I am particularly pleased to see an entry from Serpent's Tail. More than ten years ago, I met the two young women who started this press, and was struck by their dedication and enthusiasm.

Herewith the list:

Black Rock by Amanda Smyth (Serpent's Tail)

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li (Fourth Estate)

A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth (Arcadia)

The Earth Hums in B-flat by Mari Strachan (Canongate)

Ten Storey Love Song by Richard Milward (Faber & Faber)

Ablutions: Notes for a Novel by Patrick de Witt (Granta)

The Street Philosopher by Matthew Plampin (HarperCollins)

Guernica by Dave Boling (Picador)

The Piano Teacher by Y.K.Lee (HarperPress)

An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn (Jonathan Cape)

Days of Grace by Catherine Hall (Portobello)

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