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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:55 pm    Post subject: Are these Britains best 20 novelists under 40?  Reply with quote

I'm not sure if this has been previously posted but thought i'd see what peoples opinions are on here.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cultur...s-best-20-novelists-under-40.html

As the article points out it was inspired by the original story from The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/20-under-40/writers-q-and-a

I'll be honest and admit that I haven't read any of these authors (from either list) but thought it may be of interest to some, also the discussion may inspire me to sample some, I am tempted to try...

5 Steven Hall (b 1975) His debut novel, The Raw Shark Texts (2007) – about a man who loses his memory and tries to create a new identity for himself – unusually lived up to his publisher’s hype.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not read many of them, but am quite surprised Samantha Harvey's not on the list, given the prizes and shortlistings her debut novel achieved last year.



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only author I've read is Jonathan Safran Foer (US list). Two of his: "Everything Is Illuminated" as well as "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". Interesting prospect if a little gimmicky.

I'm sure I read about this in the paper the other week and David Eggers was in the list. Perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me again.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the articles said David Eggers just missed out because he is over 40.

I seem to have only read one of these authors - Chimamanda Adichie (I have trouble enough with two of her names so don't try to add the middle one).  I absolutely loved Half of a Yellow Sun, not quite so much Purple Hibiscus though it was good too.  But someone (Freyda?) here didn't like it.  

But in general I haven't even heard of these authors let alone read them.

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeAlx wrote:
I've not read many of them, but am quite surprised Samantha Harvey's not on the list, given the prizes and shortlistings her debut novel achieved last year.


Err...see my comments in June Jollys. Have you read her book?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike wrote about it recently - I knew when he did that someone else had read it, but I couldn't remember who!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro wrote:


I seem to have only read one of these authors - Chimamanda Adichie (I have trouble enough with two of her names so don't try to add the middle one).  I absolutely loved Half of a Yellow Sun, not quite so much Purple Hibiscus though it was good too.  But someone (Freyda?) here didn't like it.  

Cheers, Caro.


It was me who wrote a post in June Jollys - I don't know if others have. I said it was fine, but did not inspire me to read more of her writing.

I have not read many of the British writers, some I've never even heard of, which feels bad. Ross Raisin got a bit of a bashing on A Good Read. I've picked up the novel before but it does not appeal to me. I've read one Dan Rhodes and disliked it. I don't like writers who are into being tricksy and clever-clever; I want more sincerity than that. The genius of Zadie Smith passes me by, feels like a bit of a band-wagon, though her critical writing is better. Likewise, I didn't much care for Catherine ..oH, I've forgotten her name and I'll lose this post if I go to look it up...who wrote about a shopping mall. I must sound like a grumpy old woman. I'm just waiting to be actually impressed by any of these much-vaunted younger authors. But I will follow up some of the unknown-to-me ones.

I suppose i'm in the intrinsically vulgar camp when it comes to lists, like one of the commentators quoted in the article. Past Granta lists claim to have spotted rising stars, but if they also spotted -as admitted - others who went off form or never reached much form, what's so speacial about their powers of star-spotting? They couldnt pick all duffers, so getting a few right doesn't count for much.

I wonder if these lists boost some authors to greater confidence and feats of writing, but have an adverse effect on others, who then struggle to capture that potential?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of that list there are a few I'm interested in trying, among them Ross Raisin, in spite of his ignominious appearance on A Good Read, and Paul Murray, who as one of the commenters on the Telegraph article points out is actually Irish, not British. John Self wrote a good review of Skippy Dies on his blog: http://theasylum.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/paul-murray-skippy-dies/


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green Jay wrote:
MikeAlx wrote:
I've not read many of them, but am quite surprised Samantha Harvey's not on the list, given the prizes and shortlistings her debut novel achieved last year.


Err...see my comments in June Jollys. Have you read her book?

Yes, I commented on it somewhere here. I didn't share your objections about the humourless tone; in fact I thought there was a sort of humour in Jake's resolute earnestness. I found it a very strong debut indeed, and look forward to seeing what she does next.



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My comments on The Wilderness:

http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org...p;highlight=samantha+harvey#18987




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