Once all the noise has died down, which of this year's debuts will really stand the test of time? Who are the authors with long and successful careers ahead of them? Which are the truly standout first novels of 2014? Here are seven I think are genuinely unmissable.
I was born and grew up in London working as an advertising photographer, living on the river with a view of Battersea Power Station. I witnessed it being ripped apart removing a wall and the roof. The building was then neglected for years. In 2010, I decided that I needed to record this piece of history.
She was Yolande, daughter of the King of Aragon before the country joined with Castile to make today's Spain. The only child of her father to reach adulthood, Yolande became the kingdom's heiress after the death of her childless uncle.
New printed copies of my book Walford State of Mind, first published in 2011, now sell for £2.05 (as of 31 Oct.). So what if the retail price's listed as £15.99? Amazon.co.uk finds it necessary to slash the price by 87%. It's dropped 15 pence since I discovered the error (or is it?) a few days ago.
I don't like Halloween. I don't like Halloween because Halloween is not scary. I spend an inordinate amount of my time frightening, disturbing and creeping out your children. Figuring out ways to give your kids nightmares is sort of my thing.