So you missed the start of NaNoWriMo, and at two and a half weeks in, you'd probably struggle to catch up. Maybe you've had a vague idea for a novel in mind for years, but you've never quite found the impetus to get going. Or perhaps you were once dedicated to your notebook and pen, but you ran out of steam, or confidence, or creativity, and your stories have languished unfinished ever since. What better to inspire your future literary debut than the first works of other astonishing female writers? Try one of these five debut books by female authors, and feel your motivation come screaming back.
Of course, you needn't be an aspiring author to enjoy any of the following novels, and should pick one up even if your life's calling couldn't be further from writing. They depict adolescence, trauma, racism, misogyny, inescapable pasts and new beginnings; they range from sci-fi to prose poetry, dealing in fear and hope and ambition and tragedy. But the common thread that binds all five novels? Each one of these critically-acclaimed books marked the author's literary debut. Next time you contemplate abandoning your project altogether, take a moment to consider: wouldn't it be lovely to see your creation on a future list like this?