With 2016 upon us we look back at some South African debut novels released in 2015:

With new books from Ivan Vladislavić, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Finuala Dowling and Christopher Hope, among others, there’s no denying some great South African fiction was produced in 2015 with debut authors igniting our hope for the future of South African literature.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered together the notable South African debut novels published this year.

A Slim, Green Silence by Beverly Rycroft:

Rycroft’s poetry collection, Missing, won the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize in 2012, and in 2011 she was awarded second prize in the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Competition.

Set in the small Eastern Cape town of Scheeperstown, A Slim, Green Silence describes a dead woman’s return to her home to fullfil an unknown purpose.

Dub Steps by Andrew Miller: