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A.M. Homes, a ‘very American writer’


Carrying on our discussion about ‘global’ and ‘national’ literature . . .

A.M. Homes has just won the 2013 ‘Women’s Prize’ for May We Be Forgiven.  The Guardian  asked if she had set out to write a ‘Great American Novel’: ‘Homes says she’s thought about this, and did once look up the way that that phrase was first intended. “It was not meant as a critical judgement – ‘Oh, this is a great American novel’ – but great as in expansive, and far reaching, and so in that sense, absolutely, very much, I think of myself, in positive and negative ways, as a very American writer.”‘

Far-reaching but only so far then.

Granta Best Young British Novelists 2013


Granta has selected the next decade’s British novelists under-40 to watch.

Some are expected; some might not be.





Have a look here:

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

…see more here  . . . .

– and here too . . .



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