Granta's Best of Young British Novelists: Fourth Edition (14 books)

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Every ten years, Granta Magazine publishes a list of twenty British writers said to be no less than the future of literature in Britain.

Previous lists included widely acclaimed authors such as Salmran Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, Ian McEwan and Pat Barker.

Here is the fourth edition, published in spring 2013.

 

The Liars' Gospel: A Novel

by Naomi Alderman

An award-winning writer re-imagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death.

This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons...


How to Paint a Dead Man

Portico Prize for Fiction 2010

by Sarah Hall

The lives of four individuals—a dying painter, a blind girl, a landscape artist, and an art curator—intertwine across nearly five decades in this luminous and searching novel of extraordinary power. With...


Childish Loves: A Novel

by Benjamin Markovits

The last piece of a literary puzzle falls into place in the final novel of Benjamin Markovits's Byron trilogy.When his former colleague Peter Sullivan dies, Ben Markovits inherits unpublished manuscripts about...


The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It

by Adam Foulds

The stunning debut from "one of the best British writers to emerge in the past decade." (Julian Barnes)

With a voice that is at once fierce and lyrical, Adam Foulds tells the story of the Mau Mau uprising...


A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

by Xiaolu Guo

Language and love collide in this inventive novel of a young Chinese woman's journey to the West and her attempts to understand the language, and the man, she adores.Zhuang – or “Z,” to tongue-tied foreigners...


The Birth of Love

by Joanna Kavenna

From the winner of the Orange Award for New Writers, an epic novel of childbirth—past, present, and future

The year is 1865. In Vienna, Dr. Ignasz Semmelweiss has been hounded into an asylum by his medical...


Black Mamba Boy

by Nadifa Mohamed

Yemen, 1935. Jama is a “market boy,” a half-feral child scavenging with his friends in the dusty streets of a great seaport. For Jama, life is a thrilling carnival, at least when he can fill his belly. When...


Mr. Fox

by Helen Oyeyemi

Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction

One of Granta's Best Young British Novelists

From the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, Bird

Fairytale romances end with a wedding. The fairytales that don't...


Waterline

by Ross Raisin

Mick Little used to be a shipbuilder on the Glasgow yards. But as they closed one after another down the river, the search for work took him and his beloved wife, Cathy, to Australia, and back again, struggling...


Ghana Must Go

by Taiye Selasi

A "buoyant" and "rapturous" debut novel (The Wall Street Journal) about the transformative power of unconditional love

Electric, exhilarating, and beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go introduces the world to Taiye...


Spring

by David Szalay

The U.S. debut of leading U.K. author David Szalay, named one of The Daily Telegraph’s twenty best British novelists under forty

James is a man with a checkered past—sporadic entrepreneur, one-time film producer,...


NW: A Novel

by Zadie Smith

One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2012

Set in northwest London, Zadie Smith's brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals-Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan-as they try to make adult...


The Escape

by Adam Thirlwell

Haffner is charming, morally suspect, vain, obsessed by the libertine emperors. He is British and Jewish and a widower. But Haffner’s attachments to his nation, his race, his marriage, have always been matters...


After the Fire, a Still Small Voice

by Evie Wyld

After the departure of the woman he loves, Frank struggles to rebuild his life among the sugarcane and sand dunes that surround his oceanside shack. Forty years earlier, Leon is drafted to serve in Vietnam and...


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