Granta reveals latest Best Young British Writers

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 AldermanDisobedience, The Lessons, The Liar’s Gospel
Tahmima Anam A Golden Age, The Good Muslim
Ned BeaumanBoxer, Beetle, The Teleportation Accident
Jenni FaganThe Panopticon (also various poetry collections)
Adam FouldsThe Quickening Maze, The Broken Word, The Truth About These Strange Times
Xiaolu Guo20 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 HallHaweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army, How to Paint a Dead Man, The Beautiful Indifference
Steven HallThe Raw Shark Texts
Joanna KavennaCome to the Edge, The Birth of Love, Inglorious, The Ice Museum
Benjamin MarkovitsChildish Loves, Playing Days, A Quiet Adjustment, Imposture, Either Side of Winter, The Syme Papers
Nadifa Mohamed Black Mamba Boy
Helen OyeyemiThe Girl Icarus, The Opposite House, White is for Witching, Mr Fox
Ross RaisinWaterline, God’s Own Country
Sunjeev SahotaOurs are the Streets
Taiye SelasiGhana Must Go
Kamila ShamsieBurnt Shadows, Broken Verses, Kartography, Salt and Saffron, In the City by the Sea
Zadie SmithWhite Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW
David SzalayLondon and the South East, The Innocent, Spring                                Adam ThirlwellPolitics, The Escape, Miss Herbert, Kapow!                                       Evie WyldAfter the Fire a Still Small Voice


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