Brilliant debut novels you don't want to miss this summer

Per Penguin

Per Penguin

From historical tales to modern life dramas, laugh-out-loud love stories to fiendishly twisting thrillers – whatever your taste in novels, we have some perfect new voices to enjoy a well-earned break with this year. Read more about the books and authors on Penguin.co.uk

Interviews with an Ape

Felice Fallon

14,99 € 13,94 €

'An unusually powerful book - and a timely one too.' Michael Palin

Nightbitch: A Novel

Rachel Yoder

14,99 € 13,94 €

A bold story of the experiences, loneliness and isolation in early motherhood

Teeth in the Back of my Neck

Monika Radojevic

10,00 € 9,30 €

A poetry collection from the inaugural winner of the Merky Books Prize

We Are All Birds of Uganda

Hafsa Zayyan

14,99 € 13,94 €

'A remarkably accomplished, polished debut.' Malorie Blackman

Cunning Women: A feminist tale of forbidden love after the witch trials

Elizabeth Lee

14,99 € 13,94 €

A captivating tale of a family's survival during the Pendle Witch Trials

Dangerous Women

Hope Adams

14,99 € 13,94 €

A twisting thriller and a captivating love story on board a 19th century convict ship from London to Australia

The Dictionary of Lost Words: The International Bestseller

Pip Williams

14,99 € 13,94 €

In 1901, the word 'bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

The Mad Women's Ball: Now an Amazon Prime Original Film Starring Melanie Laurent

Victoria Mas

14,99 € 13,94 €

'A darkly delightful Gothic treasure exploring grief, trauma and sisterhood' Paula Hawkins

When They Find Her: An unputdownable thriller with a twist that will take your breath away

Lia Middleton

14,99 € 13,94 €

A missing daughter and a mother who is lying to everyone including herself in this gripping thriller.

Damage: An unputdownable and emotionally gripping debut with a twist you won't see coming

Caitlin Wahrer

14,99 € 13,94 €

A psychological thriller exploring how far ordinary people will go to protect their family.

Assembly

Natasha Brown

12,99 € 12,08 €

'I'm full of the hope, on reading it, that this is the kind of book that doesn't just mark the moment things change, but also makes that change possible' Ali Smith

The Paper Palace: The New York Times Number One Bestseller

Miranda Cowley Heller

14,99 € 13,94 €

'The Paper Palace is as dark and uncompromising as it is tender and lyrical.' Rachel Joyce

Before My Actual Heart Breaks

Tish Delaney

14,99 € 13,94 €

A tender and funny story of a young girl navigating life at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland

This Shining Life: a powerful novel about treasuring life

Harriet Kline

14,99 € 13,94 €

'An exquisitely beautiful and compelling novel about love, loss and life' Rachel Joyce

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: 'The most uplifting book of the year' INDEPENDENT

Marianne Cronin

14,99 € 13,94 €

A friendship blossoms between two women brought together on a terminal ward

An Experiment in Leisure

Anna Glendenning

14,99 € 13,94 €

'Shows us the burning, intense, messy beauty of youth and what it means to be alive' Maxine Peake

Fragile Monsters

Catherine Menon

14,99 € 13,94 €

'Supple, artful, skilful storytelling - it takes an immediate grip on the reader's imagination and doesn't let go' Hilary Mantel

King of Rabbits

Karla Neblett

14,99 € 13,94 €

The story of Kai, who finds sanctuary in the woods away from his dysfunctional family.

The Summer Job: A hilarious story about a lie that gets out of hand - soon to be a TV series

Lizzy Dent

12,99 € 12,08 €

Birdy Finch accepts a summer position as a sommelier at a swanky Scottish Hotel. The problem is that Birdy is not a world-class wine expert.

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman

Julietta Henderson

12,99 € 12,08 €

'As moving as it is funny. And it's very funny' Romesh Ranganathan

The Mismatch: An unforgettable story of first love

Sara Jafari

7,99 € 7,43 €

A mother and daughter find peace in their life choices

The Idea of You: The scorching summer Richard & Judy love affair that will leave you obsessed!

Robinne Lee

7,99 € 7,43 €

Sparks fly when a 39-year old divorcee hooks up with her daughter's favourite boyband front man.

Another Life: The stunning love story and BBC2 Between the Covers pick

Jodie Chapman

14,99 € 13,94 €

'An astounding debut about sibling grief, religion and sliding doors love' Pandora Sykes

Dog Days: A funny, heart-warming, deeply emotional read about life-changing moments and hope

Ericka Waller

14,99 € 13,94 €

One for lovers of canines, unpredictable plots and brilliantly drawn characters

No Such Thing As Perfect

Emma Hughes

12,99 € 12,08 €

A sharply-observed look at the complexities of dating in the digital age.

The First Day of Spring

Nancy Tucker

12,99 € 12,08 €

'An exceptional debut which both chilled and moved me from the very first page. I cannot overstate how much I loved this book.' Clare Mackintosh

Open Water: Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2021

Caleb Azumah Nelson

12,99 € 12,08 €

'An unforgettable debut... it's Sally Rooney meets Michaela Coel meets Teju Cole' New York Times

Acts of Desperation

Megan Nolan

14,99 € 13,94 €

Toxic relationships and secret female desire are explored by an emerging star of Irish literature

Three Rooms

Jo Hamya

12,99 € 12,08 €

A brilliantly observed story of what it means to be a young person in today's world