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Free Samples of the Best of Young British Novelists

For the first time in ten years, Granta has revealed its list of the Best of Young British Novelists. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all 20 novelists.

The winners were chosen from among 150 novelists by a panel of judges: John Freeman, Ellah Allfrey, Romesh Gunesekera, Stuart Kelly, A.L. Kennedy, Sigrid Rausing and Gaby Wood. Here’s more from the release:

At a celebration to be held at the British Council, on the evening of 15 April 2013, Granta will announce its once-in-a-decade selection of the twenty best British novelists aged under forty. Granta’s first generation-defining list of writers was published in 1983 and set the bar for the following decades.


Daughters of the North by Sarah Hall

The Liar’s Gospel by Naomi Alderman

The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna

Childish Loves by Benjamin Markovits

Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed

Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

Waterline by Ross Raisin

Ours Are the Streets by Sunjeev Sahota

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

NW by Zadie Smith

Spring by David Szalay

Politics by Adam Thirlwell

After the Fire, A Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld

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