The best new writers of the year 2017

Creative writing has come a long way in the last decade or so, but it remains a tough, often unforgiving business.

It can be challenging to find the right material and a big part of the problem is finding your niche.

And the internet is full of great writers, some of whom can be a bit of a pain to get to know.

But here are our picks for the best writers of 2017.


Sarah Waters (BBC Radio 4) Sarah Waters has created a lot of brilliant writing over the last 15 years, and it’s her debut novel The Big Book that will get the most attention.

She’s been writing in the world of fiction for over a decade and her latest novel is a fascinating look at the modern world.

“It’s very much about the rise and fall of civilisation,” she told the Radio 4 Today programme.

“And there’s a lot to think about.

The idea that people can travel around the world, or meet people from other countries, it’s really fascinating.”


Sarah Harrison (Vanity Fair) Sarah Harrison’s debut novel I am a Man, is set in the mid-19th century and tells the story of a young British man who discovers a hidden world of men and women who want to have sex with him.

The book is based on the life of the writer, Richard Price.


Laura Dawson (The Guardian) Laura Dawson’s first novel, The Great Escape, tells the tale of a teenage girl who returns to the country she was born in to find her father dead.


Sarah Greene (The Telegraph) Sarah Greene’s debut book, The Second City, is a story of modern day London and the city’s growing wealth and power.


Mary Walker (Hodder & Stoughton) Mary Walker’s debut, A Woman’s Life, is about the relationship between a woman and her husband.


Anna Seltzer (NME) Anna Siltzer’s debut is set within the world we live in, and her second novel, A Place Called Paradise, tells a story about a young woman trying to escape her troubled past.


Emma Stone (The Sunday Times) Emma Stone’s debut film The Big Short is set to be released in 2017 and it is an ambitious project, with Stone playing a woman in the financial crisis of the early 1990s.


Laura Hillier (The Observer) Laura Hiller’s debut books, A Tale of Two Cities, is an intimate portrait of New York City in the early 1900s, while her latest book, A Little Life, tells of her travels through the UK. 9.

Rebecca Black (The Independent) Rebecca Black’s debut The Second Life is set outside New York and it follows a woman living in the UK, living in her own life, and living with her father.


Elizabeth Gilbert (The Times) Elizabeth Gilbert’s debut debut, The Woman’s Book, is the first in a trilogy of books, each of which follows the life and times of a woman as she navigates the world.


Kate Atkinson (The Sun) Kate Atkinson’s debut and her first novel in her new novel, the Girl Who Loved You, is based in the Victorian period.


Laura Collins (The Saturday Times) Laura Collins’ debut novel, What Is It?, is told in a contemporary context and the book follows a young man who is living in his 40s in a small rural town in the Midlands.


Sarah Glynn (Sunday Times) Sarah Glynne’s debut new novel is set between two of her previous novels, the first of which was set in 1920s England.


Anne Rice (The Daily Telegraph) Anne Rice’s debut in her debut book is about a woman with a family life who must decide if she wants to marry or live with her family.


Kate Edwards (The Irish Times) Kate Edwards’ debut, Little Red, is her second collection of short stories set in contemporary Ireland.


Lucy Bowers (The New Statesman) Lucy Bower’s debut novels are set in a modern world and each one is a different take on a different story.


Mary Wollstonecraft (Vogue) Mary Wollsfield’s debut has the title The White House, but her other novels, including The Witch, have been described as “dark and funny”.


Ann Marie Macpherson (The Nation) Ann Marie Mcpherson’s debut series, The World, tells its story from a fictional perspective and the third novel, Night of the Long Knives, is being published this year.


Anna Friel (The Scotsman) Anna Frieghus’ debut book has the titular character of the title but it’s a more grounded tale than most of her other books.


Lisa Wilkinson (The Age) Lisa Wilkinson’s debut collection of poetry, The Unsung Songs of the American South, follows the lives of two Southern women, including the widow of a black civil rights