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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.

Simply click on an image to launch the gallery. Do you agree with our choices or have we left out your favourite debut novel? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments section below

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