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Best of the Young Novelists: Granta 2013

abstract:Some of my favourite British novelists I first discovered via Granta Magazine's "Best of Young British Novelists" award, which only comes around once every decade. To qualify you must be under 40 years of age, and a British citizen with at least one published work published in 2012. The diversity of immigrants to the UK has ensured that stories embody characters and setting from all over the world. It's wonderful to see the publishing industry keeping pace with the outward-looking reader population interests.

The first Granta Awards occurred in 1983 followed by 1993, 2003 and now 2013. This means that 30 years of talented writers have gone on to prove Granta percent in their picks, showing remarkable careers bearing distinguished literary voices. Salman Rushdie, Martin Amos, David Hollinghurst, Zadie Smith, David Mitchell to name a few. The top 20 for 2013 were announced on BBC tonight April 15th and due to the time change - we've got the list for you below. Browse the list and then grab your copy of Granta 123: The Best of Young British Novelists 4, which includes a new story from each writer on the 2013 list. Granta 123 will be available to purchase from all good booksellers from 16 April in the UK and 23 April in the North America. Throughout 2013, the British Council and Granta are collaborating on an international showcase of


April 12, 2013
— contemporary British novelists, which features the twenty writers selected by Granta’s panel of judges and international events – including readings and conversation – will be taking place in more than ten countries including Russia, Qatar and India. Internationally renowned photographer Nadav Kander was commissioned to take portraits of each of Granta’s new Best of Young British Novelists. Drum roll please:

  • Naomi Alderman
  • Tahmima Anam
  • Ned Beauman
  • Jenni Fagan
  • Adam Foulds
  • Xiaolu Guo
  • Sarah Hall
  • Steven Hall
  • Joanna Kavenna
  • Benjamin Markovits
  • Nadifa Mohamed
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • Ross Raisin
  • Sunjeev Sahota
  • Taiye Selasi
  • Kamila Shamsie
  • Zadie Smith
  • David Szalay
  • Adam Thirlwell
  • Evie Wyld



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