Best of British Novelists 2013
In April 2013 the literary magazine Granta
published its fourth list of twenty promising young British novelists. In
1983, the first list included Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes,
William Boyd, Salman Rushdie and Graham Swift. A formidable group by
any standards. The experiment was repeated in 1993 when the literary
heavyweights included Iain Banks, Louis de Bernieres, Hanif Kureishi,
Ben Okri, Will Self, Helen Simpson, Jeanette Winterson A L Kennedy and
In 2003, the authors included A L Kennedy (again), Monica
Ali, Adam Thirlwell, Zadie Smith, Alan Warner, Sarah Waters, Nicola
Barker, Toby Litt, David Mitchell, David Peace, Ben
Rice, Rachel Cusk, Rachel Seiffert, Andrew O’Hagan, Robert McLiam Wilson, Peter Ho Davies, Susan
Elderkin, Philip Hensher, Hari Kunzru and Dan Rhodes.
Now again in 2013 the list has been released, with Adam Thirlwell and Zadie Smith this time straddling the decades. While always controversial, it includes some excellent novelists and Firsts in Print is pleased to offer samples of the work of these
novelists as they are published.
Who knows, maybe in twenty years time one of their
novels will be as valuable as ‘A Pale View of Hills’. If you had started
collecting the work of the Best of British 1983, 1993 and 2003 you would
have acquired an exciting and very valuable set of modern fiction.
Devotees of modern fiction will not want to miss the opportunity of
adding to this kind of collection or to start one from this new list.
2013 Best of British full list
Adam Foulds, Evie Wyld, Adam Thirlwell, Zadie Smith, Naomi Alderman, Sarah Hall, Steven Hall, Ross Raisin, David Szalay, Sunjeev Sahota, Xiaolu Guo, Kamila Shamsie, Ned Beauman, Tahmima Anam, Nadifa Mohamed, Taiye Selasi, Joanna Kavenna, Benjamin Markovits, Jenni Fagan, Helen Oyeyemi
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