So tonight, a decade after the last one, Granta announced their fourth list of the best Young British Novelists (under 40)…
- Naomi Alderman
- Tahmima Anam
- Ned Beauman (in my TBR)
- Jenni Fagan
- Adam Foulds (in my TBR)
- Xiaolu Guo (in my TBR, plus I’ve read 20 fragment of a ravenous youth)
- Sarah Hall (in my TBR, plus I’ve read How to Paint a Dead Man)
- Steven Hall
- Joanna Kavenna (in my TBR)
- Benjamin Markovits (in my TBR)
- Nadifa Mohamed
- Helen Oyeyemi (I’ve read White is for Witching)
- Ross Raisin (I’ve read God’s Own Country)
- Sunjeev Sahota
- Taiye Selasi
- Kamila Shamsie (in my TBR)
- Zadie Smith – was also in the 2003 list, but is not in the photo above, (in my TBR, plus I’ve read N-W)
- David Szalay
- Adam Thirlwell – was also in the 2003 list.
- Evie Wyld (in my TBR)
I’ve read precisely one book each by five of these authors, and have a further six already in my TBR, leaving me with nine I have not read – I shall be looking them up to see which appeal as most are completely new to me.
I am pleased for Ross Raisin, whose debut I really enjoyed, and I’ve heard such good things about Evie Wyld so look forward to reading her debut. Adam Foulds is a novelist that came to my attention when he was Booker listed for the Quickening Maze a couple of years ago, that book is in my TBR.
Otherwise I have no strong feelings about this list, those included, those missed off, those just a little too old, but many selected before (including Iain Banks in 1993), have gone on to great things…
What do you think?