University of Cambridge Contemporary Research Group

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 hereĀ  . . . .

– and here too . . .




  1. Kasia Boddy

    I wonder how useful it might be to read the Granta selection in the light of Zadie Smith’s ‘two paths for the novel’ thesis?

  2. Kasia Boddy

    Here’s my review of Granta’s Best Young Americans 2007:

    • admin

      It’s interesting, in contrast to what you wrote about the Americans, how few overt references to ‘Britain’ pop up in this year’s collection. I counted only two – but doubted my number immediately on completion. It’s also interesting – and my spotting of this isn’t particularly novel – how few of the stories were actually set in Britain at all.

  3. Malachi McIntosh

    This is quite a nice article on the authors in the New York Times, with concerns connected to Gish Jen’s article linked on our thread on Graham Huggan.

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