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

By Penguin

By 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

Interviews with an Ape

Felice Fallon

£14.99 £14.24

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

Teeth in the Back of my Neck

Monika Radojevic

£10.00 £9.50

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

We Are All Birds of Uganda

Hafsa Zayyan


'A remarkably accomplished, polished debut.' Malorie Blackman

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

Elizabeth Lee


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

Dangerous Women

Hope Adams

£26.00 £24.70

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

The Mad Women's Ball: The prize-winning, international bestseller and Sunday Times Top Fiction selection

Victoria Mas

£14.99 £14.24

'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


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 £14.24

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

This Shining Life

Harriet Kline


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

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: The new and unforgettable Richard & Judy Book Club pick

Marianne Cronin


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

An Experiment in Leisure

Anna Glendenning

£14.99 £14.24

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

Fragile Monsters

Catherine Menon


'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 £14.24

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 £12.34

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: The most uplifting Richard & Judy book club pick of 2022

Julietta Henderson


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

The Mismatch: An unforgettable story of first love

Sara Jafari

£9.99 £9.49

A mother and daughter find peace in their life choices

The Idea of You: The unforgettable and addictive Richard and Judy romance about the man everyone is talking about

Robinne Lee

£9.99 £9.49

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

Another Life

Jodie Chapman


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

Dog Days

Ericka Waller

£14.99 £14.24

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

No Such Thing As Perfect

Emma Hughes

£12.99 £12.34

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

The First Day Of Spring

Nancy Tucker


'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

Three Rooms

Jo Hamya

£12.99 £12.34

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

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