This is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on our programme – and one of the most coveted spots for authors. Val McDermid‘s choice of the year’s best debuts has provided a platform for some outstanding talents, and the class of ’23 is no exception.
Stig Abell makes a striking fiction debut with Death Under A Little Sky, an atmospheric thriller set in a seemingly idyllic village. Jo Callaghan‘s highly-original In The Blink Of An Eye features the innovative pairing of a seasoned detective with an AI partner. Heather Darwent‘s fiendishly clever The Things We Do To Our Friends is a deliciously dark tale of toxic friendships and deadly secrets. The powerfully evocative Needless Alley by Natalie Marlow is a gripping tale of mounting menace on the streets of 1930s Birmingham.