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NaNoWriMo - Debuts of 2019

November is National Novel Writing Month, when thousands of novelist around the world focus on their writing. If you’re getting involved and need some inspiration to write your first novel, check out our list of some of our favourite debuts from 2019. See the full list. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #NaNoWriMo.

Killing It by Asia Mackay
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Golden Child by Claire Adam
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and
Something to Live For by Richard Roper
Wolf Country by Tunde Farrand
She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

East African Diasporic Writers

To mark Free Word’s Writing Our Way Home season exploring shelter, belonging and safety, we’ve put together a reading list with Somali-British poet Amina Jama featuring writers of East African heritage. The reading list was inspired by Amina Jama’s Somalinimo (till I dhimo) installation at Free Word – an immersive recreation of a 1990s Somali living room, which pays homage to Black Britishness, migration and the creativity that arises from displacement. Which of these have you read? Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram

Travelling With Djinns by Jamal Mahjoub, and
Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Abdulrazak Gurnah
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
Little Mother: A Novel by Cristina Ali Farah, Giovanna Bellesia-Contuzzi, Victoria Offredi Poletto, and Alessandra Di Maio
Keeping Hope Alive: How One Somali Woman Changed 90,000 Lives by Dr. Hawa Abdi
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih, Denys Johnson-Davies, and
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire, and
Nairobi Heat by Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia
Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
The Kitchen-Dweller's Testimony by Ladan Osman, and Kwame Dawes
Sea Migrations: Tahriib by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, and Clare Pollard
My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay
A Silence You Can Carry by Hibaq Osman, and
East African Literature: Essays on Written and Oral Traditions by Editor: Egara Kabaji

Themed booklists

We’ve collected together some of our previous booklists on a variety of themes and topics. Take a look to find your next read.

NaNoWriMo – Debuts of 2019
Food, Glorious Food
Space Chase
Changemaker Reads
Side-splitting Stories
Dementia friendly booklist from Wendy Mitchell
All The World’s a Stage
International Women’s Day
Lasting Letters
Tall Tales
International Migrants Day
Books of the Year 2018
Inspiration for NaNoWriMo: Debuts of 2018
Non-fiction November
Spooky Reads
Summer 2018
Book to film adaptations
Inspirational Women
Pride 2018
Books of the Year 2017
Debuts of 2017
STEM Non-Fiction
A splash of colour for a grey day
Science fiction from the last twenty years
Women in translation
Hot, hot, hot!
Books to make you laugh and cry
Travel books
Romance reads without the cheese
Marmite reads
Back to school
City vs. Country