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Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists,…

Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists, 2003

by Ian Jack (Editor)

Other authors: Monica Ali (Contributor), Nicola Barker (Contributor), Rachel Cusk (Contributor), Susan Elderkin (Contributor), Philip Hensher (Contributor)15 more, Peter Ho Davies (Contributor), A. L Kennedy (Contributor), Hari Kunzru (Contributor), Toby Litt (Contributor), David Mitchell (Contributor), Andrew O'Hagan (Contributor), David Peace (Contributor), Dan Rhodes (Contributor), Ben Rice (Contributor), Rachel Seiffert (Contributor), Zadie Smith (Contributor), Adam Thirlwell (Contributor), Alan Warner (Contributor), Sarah Waters (Contributor), Robert McLiam Wilson (Contributor)

Series: Granta (81)

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Overall, it’s an engaging read. The characters are diverse and colourful, probably a reflection of the multicultural space that Britain has become. And there’s a lot of action and dialogue, a lot of moving, a lot of happening, and only brief descriptions - something which I enjoy for the most part, but which after a certain point becomes tiresome. In the “Introduction”, Ian Jack, a member of the jury that chose the 20 “finalists” notes that (and this is an approximate translation I’m making now) “The novels of the young British writers [...] prove an energy, freedom and variety [...] that many countries would envy, even the US, where literature is more professional and disciplined.” Still, I couldn’t help reading in the tiny bio that precedes each story that most of these writers attended creative writing courses; some even have their masters degree in Creative Writing. So, I have to wonder, what is this, if not some sort of professionalising literature, of….(umm…) breeding? I mean, you take a person of mediocre talent and help him/her make the best of it. Which is great, in essence, but which can also (I think) lead to some sort of inflation of such novelists…right? Anyways, enough with the thinking

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Twice before - in 1983 and 1993 - Granta has chosen twenty writers under forty whose writing represents the best promise or achievement in British fiction. Twenty years ago that list included Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Graham Swift, Pat Barker. Who are their equivalents today? Granta's panel of judges will announce its answer in January 2003. Previous experience suggests it might be controversial, but there will be no more definitive selection than Granta's. 1983 Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, Ursula Bentley, William Boyd, Buchi Emecheta, Maggie Gee, Kazuo Ishiguro, Alan Judd,Adam Mars-Jones, Ian McEwan, Shiva Naipaul, Philip Norman, Christopher Priest, Salman Rushdie, Lisa St Aubin de Teran, Clive Sinclair, Graham Swift, Rose Tremain, A. N. Wilson 1993 Iain Banks, Louis de Bernieres, Anne Billson, Tibor Fischer, Esther Freud, Alan Hollinghurst, Kazuo Ishiguro, A.L. Kennedy, Philip Kerr, Hanif Kureishi, Adam Lively, Adam Mars-Jones, Candia McWilliam, Lawrence Norfolk, Ben Okri, Caryl Phillips, Will Self, Nicholas Shakespeare, Helen Simpson, Jeanette Winterson

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