Bonnie Garmus was shortlisted last week for the inaugural Waterstones Debut Fiction prize.
The prize, “a celebration of debut fiction in all its forms”, is worth £5,000 and is voted for by Waterstones booksellers. A winner will be announced on Thursday 25th August and will receive the backing of all Waterstones shops.
Garmus made the six-strong shortlist for Lessons in Chemistry (Doubleday), described by Waterstones as a “60s set debut featuring an unconventional female scientist with a quiet game-plan to change the world”. The retailer added it was “undoubtedly one of 2022's most gloriously enjoyable debuts”.
You can view the 2022 shortlist here.