Waterstone's Bookshop List: Best 25 Contemporary Novelists

Posted: May 17, 2007 in Lists, Lists and More Lists

Waterstone’s Bookshop (UK) celebrated its 25th anniversary by producing a list of the 25 contemporary writers they believe most likely to achieve enduring fame.

How exciting to be one of these people right now, eh?:

1. Jo Pratt – food stylist and writer

2. Naomi Alderman – debut novel Disobedience

3. Robyn Young – author of “Brethren Trilogy” about the Crusades

4. Gautman Malkani – author of Londonstani

5. Richard Morgan – dystopian science fiction writer, author of Altered Carbon and Market Forces

6. Louise Welsh – author of Tamburlaine Must Die

7. Jane Harris – author of The Observations

8. Nick Stone – author of noirish thriller Mr. Clarinet

9. Siobhan Dowd – author of A Swift Pure Cry

10. Jasper Fforde – author of “Thursday Next” series

11. Jon McGregor – author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

12. Peter Hobbs – author of The Short Day Dying

13. Steven Hall – author of The Raw Shark

14. Susanna Clarke – author of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

15. Dominic Sandbrook – author of Never Had it So Good

16. Ben Wilson – author of The Laughter of Triumph

17. Chris Simms – author of Outside the White Lines

18. Maggie O’Farrell – author of After You’d Gone

19. Marina Lewycka – author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian

20. C.J. Sansom – author of Matthew Shardlake series

21. Julia Golding – author of The Diamond of Drury Lane

22. Helen Oyemi – author of The Icarus Girl

23. Robert McFarlane – author of Mountains of the Mind: a History of Fascination

24. Emily Gravett – children’s author who raised her first child on a bus, author of Wolves

25. Charlotte Mendelson – author of Daughters of Jerusalem

Link to full article in The Independent.


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