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25 sensational debut novels

Writing your first book is no mean feat, as all you aspiring authors out there will know. All credit, then, to these super-talented writers, who achieved fame, fortune and a dizzying array of literary prizes - all from their debut novels. With the launch of Stylist's micro fiction competition today, there's no better time to grab some inspiration from fantastic first-time authors... From Monica Ali's Brick Lane (which was shortlisted for an award at manuscript stage) to Harper Lee's Pulitzer-winning To Kill A Mockingbird, below you'll find our selection of the most sensational debut novels, complete with the opening line from each.

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