The Waterstones Eleven - our favourite debuts of 2013

The Waterstones Eleven is our pick of the most promising Fiction debuts of the year.

In previous years we have championed: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, the bestselling debut novel of 2012, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen, which won The Desmond Elliott Prize in 2012, and The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.

'The Waterstones Eleven puts new writing at the forefront of the literary calendar and it has quickly become a celebration our readers trust.' - James Daunt, Waterstones Managing Director

Pig's Foot by Carlos Acosta

Pig's Foot by Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta was born in Havana in 1973 and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. He has been a principal at the English National Ballet, the Houston Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet, and has danced as a guest artist all over the world, winning numerous international awards. He is also the author of the autobiography No Way Home. Carlos lives in London.

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Gavin Extence was born in 1982 and grew up in the interestingly named village of Swineshead, Lincolnshire. From the ages of 5 to 11, he enjoyed a brief but illustrious career as a chess player, winning numerous national championships and travelling to Moscow and St Petersberg to pit his wits against the finest young minds in Russia. He only won one game.

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Y by Marjorie Celona

Y by Marjorie Celona

Marjorie Celona received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts fellow and recipient of the John C. Schupes fellowship. Recently, she has been the Olive B. O'Connor fellow at Colgate University and writer-in-residence at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, and Crazyhorse, amongst others. Born and raised on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Fields by Kevin Maher

The Fields by Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher was born and brought up in Dublin, moving to London in 1994 to begin a career in journalism. He wrote for the Guardian, the Observer and Time Out, and was film editor of The Face until 2002, before joining The Times where, for the last eight years, he was been a feature writer, critic and columnist. Follow @KevinTMaher on Twitter.

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Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi was born in London and raised in Boston to parents of Ghanaian and Nigerian origin. She is a graduate of Yale and Oxford Universities. Her seminal essay 'Afropolitans' was published in the cult magazine LiP in 2005 before going viral and being used to define a new generation. Her story 'The Sex Lives of African Girls' was published in Granta in 2011.

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Idiopathy by Sam Byers

Idiopathy by Sam Byers

Sam Byers was born in 1979. He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He has published fiction in Granta, Tank, and Blank Pages and regularly reviews books for the TLS. Sam lives in Norwich.

In our exclusive interview he tells us a little about the book and why he was pleased to leave his twenties behind...

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The Son by Michel Rostain

The Son by Michel Rostain

Michel Rostain lives in Arles. Born in 1942, he works as an opera stage director, and directed the National Theatre of Quimper - Cornwall Theatre - from 1995 to 2008. The Son is his first novel and won the Prix Goncourt in 2011.

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The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan was born in a village in north Tipperary, a stroll from the shores of Lough Derg. Donal wrote the first draft of The Spinning Heart in the long summer evenings of 2010, and has also completed a second novel. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and two children just outside Limerick City.

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Ballistics by DW Wilson

Ballistics by DW Wilson

DW Wilson was born and raised in the small towns of the Kootenay Valley, British Columbia. He is the recipient of the University of East Anglia's inaugural Man Booker Prize Scholarship - the most prestigious award available to students in the MA programme. He lives in London. Once You Break a Knuckle, his debut story collection, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. It was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Burial Rites is her first novel.

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Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera

Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera

Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He is a columnist and comment writer for The Times. His first book, The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, was shortlisted for the 2005 Costa Biography Award and the 2009 PEN/Ackerley Prize and named 2009 Mind Book of the Year. Marriage Material is his first novel.

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