Granta unveils Best of Young British Novelists list

Some of the writers on this year’s Granta list include: (top row from left) Eliza Clark, Sarah Bernstein, Tom Crewe, Natasha Brown and Sophie Mackintosh; (bottom row from left) Eley Williams, Thomas Morris, Olivia Sudjic, Eleanor Catton and Saba Sams.

Granta has revealed its pick of future star British novelists in its once-in-a-decade selection of the best fiction writers under 40 tagged Best of Young British Novelists.

This year, reports The Guardian, the journal has broadened its selection of 20 to include authors who “regard the UK as their home” even if they don’t have a British passport. 

“The result is a more varied and encompassing portrait of the kind of writing that is happening today in Britain”, said Luke Neima, deputy editor of Granta.

Running since 1983, the list spotlights 20 novelists under the age of 40 every 10 years, marking them out as stars of the future. This year’s authors include Booker prize-winner Eleanor Catton, Desmond Elliott prize-winner Derek Owusu, and debut novelist K Patrick, whose first novel “Mrs S” is out this summer. They follow in the footsteps of writers such as Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith and Kamila Shamsie, who have made the list in previous years.

What is more, to celebrate, the journal, which unveiled the fifth installment in Granta 163, is offering readers the opportunity to purchase all four previous issues at a 42% discount off the cover price.


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