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The First Novel They Wrote

Some authors first published novel was their greatest hit. And some...were not. Who knew John Steinbeck's first novel was about pirates?
This list is strictly fiction (although semi-autobiographical made it in). It also excludes novellas and short stories, although some may have slipped in there.
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula (Kathy Acker)
The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula (Kathy Acker)
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
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Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
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5
Stay With Me (Ayobámi Adébáyo)
Stay With Me (Ayobámi Adébáyo)
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Purple Hibicus (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Purple Hibicus (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)
The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
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Moods (Louisa May Alcott)
Moods (Louisa May Alcott)
10
Disobedience (Naomi Alderman)
Disobedience (Naomi Alderman)
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Reservation Blues (Sherman Alexie)
Reservation Blues (Sherman Alexie)
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Somebody in Boots (Nelson Algren)
Somebody in Boots (Nelson Algren)
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13
Brick Lane (Monica Ali)
Brick Lane (Monica Ali)
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The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
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Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
16
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez)
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez)
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Lucky Jim (Kingsley Amis)
Lucky Jim (Kingsley Amis)
18
The Rachel Papers (Martin Amis)
The Rachel Papers (Martin Amis)
19
Windy Mcpherson's Son (Sherwood Anderson)
Windy Mcpherson's Son (Sherwood Anderson)
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Not a Penny More,Not a Penny Less (Jeffrey Archer)
Not a Penny More,Not a Penny Less (Jeffrey Archer)
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21
Pebble in the Sky (Asimov)
Pebble in the Sky (Asimov)
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Resurrection (Machado De Assis)
Resurrection (Machado De Assis)
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Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Kate Atkinson)
Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Kate Atkinson)
24
The Edible Woman (Margaret Atwood)
The Edible Woman (Margaret Atwood)
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The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
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Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
27
Squeeze Play (Paul Auster (As Paul Benjamin))
Squeeze Play (Paul Auster (As Paul Benjamin))
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Stranger to the Ground (Richard Bach)
Stranger to the Ground (Richard Bach)
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29
A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)
A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)
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A Weekend With Claude (Beryl Bainbridge)
A Weekend With Claude (Beryl Bainbridge)
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Girl Talk (Julianna Baggott)
Girl Talk (Julianna Baggott)
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Absolute Power (David Baldacci)
Absolute Power (David Baldacci)
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Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
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The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
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The Deadly Percheron (John Franklin Bardin)
The Deadly Percheron (John Franklin Bardin)
36
The Damnation Game (Clive Barker)
The Damnation Game (Clive Barker)
37
Union Street (Pat Barker)
Union Street (Pat Barker)
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Ryder (Djuna Barnes)
Ryder (Djuna Barnes)
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Metroland (Julian Barnes)
Metroland (Julian Barnes)
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The Floating Opera (John Barth)
The Floating Opera (John Barth)
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