Granta: Class of 2013?
Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists badge is not one many writers have.
Granta debuted this 10-yearly list in 1983, a year when Maggie Thatcher was busy gaining re-election as Britain’s Prime Minister, the world of music was mourning the tragic loss of Karen Carpenter aged 32 and the summer’s big box office release was the ‘final film’ in the Star Wars ‘trilogy’ Return of the Jedi.
From our workstations in the digital age, these memories are developing an ever deepening sepia of a real, not Instagram, kind. However, the passing of two score years hasn't diminished the relevance of Granta’s class of ’83, with many still at the forefront of modern literature including Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro and Pat Barker.
Now, on 15 April 2013, Granta will announce whom their panel feels to be the best 20 writers under the age of 40 working in Britain today.
Without doing in depth research into contingent factors, it seems Granta’s accolade may well have a profound long term impact on its recipients’ careers – either that or their judges know what they’re talking about.
The nineties' and noughties' awardees are still strikingly relevant. Indeed, scrolling through the roll call of 1993 and 2003 is like looking along a tasteful book shelf with names like Ben Okri, Zadie Smith, David Mitchell and Monica Ali all leaping out.
Regardless of its overall effect, the short term benefits are certainly attractive. Granta 123 (launched 16 April) will include a new story from each of the 20 writers, who will then embark on a global tour supported by the British Council.
We want to know which authors you think should be on that flight?
Are there any young Scottish authors or authors based in Scotland that deserve a berth alongside previous winners William Boyd, A.L. Kennedy, Iain Banks, Alan Warner, Philip Kerr, Ian McEwan, Andrew O'Hagan and Candia McWilliams?