Sir Salman Rushdie (1947 - )

Two years before he was named one of the "best" Rushdie, won the Booker for Midnight's Children. His ninth novel, The Enchantress of Florence, has been long-listed for this year's Booker - make that five nominations for " Sir."

NY Times Review ׀ NPR Interview

Ian McEwan (1948 - )

Ian McEwan was shorlisted for the Booker twice (The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs) before Amsterdam won the prize in 1998. Atonement and his latest novel, On Chesil Beach, are his 21st Century Booker nominations.

NY Times Review ׀ Interview

Kazuo Ishiguro (1954 - )

Ishiguro made Granta's list of the "best young" in 1983 and again in 1993. His novel Remains of the Days won the Man Booker Prize in 1989. The Artist of the Floating World, When We Were Orphans and Never Let Me Go have also made the Booker shortlist.

NY Times Review ׀ NPR Interview

Pat Barker (1943 - )

The Ghost Road, the third book in Barker's Regeneration trilogy, won the Booker in 1995 and was shorlisted for The Best of the Booker this year. Her latest novel, Life Class, like her trilogy wrestles with life during World War II.

׀ Interview

Julian Barnes (1946 - )

Julian Barnes has been shortlisted for the Booker three times; Flaubert's Parrot - 1984, England, England - 1998, and his latest novel about the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur & George - 2005.

Review ׀ Interview

Graham Swift (1949 - )

In the same year he was selected as one of Granta's best, Swift's fourth novel, Waterland, was shortlisted for the Booker.In 1996 Last Orders, took home the prize and went onto become a film starring Michael Caine.

Review ׀ Interview

Rose Tremain (1943 - )

Restoration was Rose Tremian's only novel to be recognized with a Booker nomination. Her new novel, The Road Home, won The Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008.

Review ׀ Interview

Once every decade Granta selects the 20 Best Young British Novelists. What began as a cheerful promotion campaign turned into an on-going demonstration of the uncanny ability of Granta's editors to spot literary stars early in their careers.

Last month we focused on Granta's new endeavor, The Best Young American Novelists. This month we revisited Granta's original list from 1983 and found six British superstars.

By the way, the two gentlemen to your left are Sir Salman Rushdie (with a bit more hair) and Sir Bono (without his glasses) on stage during U2's War Tour.

U2: The Ground Beneath Her Feet - Music by Bono; Lyrics by Rushdie

Best Young American Novelists @ Aspen Reads Link

Best Young British Novelists

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 de Terán
Clive Sinclair
Graham Swift *
Rose Tremain *
AN Wilson

* Booker nominations

The Best Young American Novelists

Best Young
British Novelists

Ian Banks
Anne Bilson
Tibor Fischer
Ester Freund
Alan Hollinghurst *
Kazuo Ishiguro *
AL Kennedy
Philip Kerr
Hanif Kureishi
Adam Lively
Adam Mars-Jones
Candia McWilliam
Lawrence Norfolk
Ben Okri *
Caryl Phillips *
Will Self
Nicholas Shakespeare
Helen Simpson
Jeannette Winterson

* Booker Nominations

Best Young
British Novelists

Monica Ali *
Nicola Barker *
Rachel Cusk
Susan Elderkin
Stephen Gill
Philip Hensher
Peter Ho Davies
A. L. Kennedy
Hari Kunzru
Toby Litt
David Mitchell
Andrew O’Hagan
David Peace
Dan Rhodes
Ben Rice
Rachel Seiffert *
Zadie Smith
Adam Thirlwell
Alan Warner
Sarah Waters *
Robert McLiam Wilson

* Booker nominations


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