How many first novels
are really second novels, or even fourth novels?
The book has already been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel
Award 2007, the Glen Dimplex Fiction Award 2007 and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007.
"Forbidden Cargo is a complex and imaginative first novel
Unfeeling is his first novel
and the events are based on what happened to a pupil at his school.
Murogi wa Kagogo (Wizard of the Crow), the first novel
in 20 years from Kenyan literary legend Ngugi wa Thiong'o, is exactly that.
Within days of my diagnosis, my agent sold my first novel
and got me a contract to write three more in the Benjamin Justice mystery series.
Her first book in 1978 was a travel guide to Hong Kong and Macau, while her first novel
, Keeping the Faith, 10 years later was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel
Its author, John Gregory Brown, grew up in New Orleans and captured its soul in this, his first novel
. His second novel, The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur (Houghton Mifflin), is yet another magnificent reflection of this unique city.
Author Theodore Dreiser's shocking first novel
Sister Carrie might never have gained such fame were it not for his closest friend, one Arthur Henry, who prodded him to write fiction and helped him create his first novel
Envy (Random House) is Harrison's first novel
with a contemporary setting since Exposure (1993), and her second to feature a male protagonist.
Richard Collins is in the running with The Land as Viewed from the Sea, a confident and lyrical first novel
set in his native west Wales which was short-listed for Whitbread First Novel
Award last year.
HEINLEIN'S late wife, Virginia, used to tell people that before the science fiction legend died in 1988, the couple decided to burn all the remaining copies of his unpublished first novel
, For Us, the Living: d Comedy of Customs.