Once a decade, the Best of Young British Writers List is announced – Photo by Shorts and Long
All eyes in the literary community have turned to the pages of Granta as the 2013 Best of Young British Writers List was announced on April 15
The fourth edition of the influential list includes a second inclusion for Zadie Smith (first featured in the third, 2003 list) and a host of names previously linked to prestigious awards. Unlike many other awards, inclusion on the list is not chosen by the strength of a particular work but on the potential and talent of the author. The list features a mixture of well-known and up and coming names, including Ned Beauman and Adam Foulds (both previously shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize). Each of the finalists have produced an exclusive short story for the special edition of the magazine, Issue 123, which will go on sale in the UK from 16 April. Scroll to the bottom of this post to view the full list plus all of the authors’ published novels.
The literary magazine has been running their ‘Best of Young British Writers’ list once a decade since 1983. Previous members of the list have included writers who have gone on to become household names including Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, A.L Kennedy, Pat Barker and Jonathan Franzen.
Authors are eligible for inclusion in the list if they are aged 40 or under on the 15 April 2013, hold UK citizenship and have a published book or are contracted with a publisher as of the final submission date of 15 September 2012.
A full list of this year’s judging panel can be found on the Granta site.
Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013
Naomi Alderman – Disobedience, The Lessons, The Liar’s Gospel
Tahmima Anam – A Golden Age, The Good Muslim
Ned Beauman – Boxer, Beetle, The Teleportation Accident
Jenni Fagan – The Panopticon (also various poetry collections)
Adam Foulds – The Quickening Maze, The Broken Word, The Truth About These Strange Times
Xiaolu Guo – 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Village of Stone, UFO in Her Eyes, Lovers in the Age of Indifference
Sarah Hall – Haweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army, How to Paint a Dead Man, The Beautiful Indifference
Steven Hall – The Raw Shark Texts
Joanna Kavenna – Come to the Edge, The Birth of Love, Inglorious, The Ice Museum
Benjamin Markovits – Childish Loves, Playing Days, A Quiet Adjustment, Imposture, Either Side of Winter, The Syme Papers
Nadifa Mohamed – Black Mamba Boy
Helen Oyeyemi – The Girl Icarus, The Opposite House, White is for Witching, Mr Fox
Ross Raisin – Waterline, God’s Own Country
Sunjeev Sahota – Ours are the Streets
Taiye Selasi – Ghana Must Go
Kamila Shamsie – Burnt Shadows, Broken Verses, Kartography, Salt and Saffron, In the City by the Sea
Zadie Smith – White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW
David Szalay – London and the South East, The Innocent, Spring Adam Thirlwell – Politics, The Escape, Miss Herbert, Kapow! Evie Wyld – After the Fire a Still Small Voice