Granta to reveal best novelists list in April

Granta to reveal best novelists list in April

Granta will be making or breaking reputations next month, as it reveals its prestigious, once-in-a-decade selection of the 20 best British novelists under 40.

Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4 will be published on 15th April and will include a short story by each of the selected authors.

The announcement will be made on BBC Radio 4's "Front Row" at 7.30 p.m., coinciding with a live announcement at the British Council in London. BBC Radio 4's "Book at Bedtime" will air readings of five of the stories from Granta 123.

For the first time, Granta is collaborating with Audible to release the unabridged audiobook of Granta 123, which will be released via audible.co.uk and audible.com on 16th April.

The selection for this decade's 20 under 40 was decided on 7th January, judged by Granta magazine's editor John Freeman, deputy editor Ellah Allfrey and publisher Sigrid Rausing, as well as authors Romesh Gunesekera and A L Kennedy, plus Scotland on Sunday literary editor Stuart Kelly and Telegraph head of books Gaby Wood.

Granta is collaborating with the British Council on an international showcase of contemporary British novelists, featuring the 20 chosen writers. The first international events will be taking place in more than 10 countries, including Russia, Qatar and India, with details also announced on 15th April.

Granta first named the 20 best British novelists under 40 in 1983, and the e-books of the 1983, 1993 and 2003 editions of the Best of Young British Novelists will be released on 25th March, 1st April and 8th April respectively.

The 1983 selection included Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes and William Boyd; in 1993, A L Kennedy, Jeanette Winterson, Iain Banks and Alan Hollinghurst made the cut; in 2003, names included Monica Ali, Nicola Barker, David Mitchell and Philip Hensher.