Waterstone's tips 25 for the top

Waterstone's tips 25 for the top

<p>Waterstone&#39;s has selected an eclectic combination of crime, sci-fi and cookery writers, along with d&eacute;but novelists and more established names, as its 25 &quot;authors for the future&quot;. </p><p>The authors were nominated by publishers, editors and agents, who as part of&nbsp; Waterstone&#39;s silver jubilee celebrations were asked to choose who would go on to produce the most significant works of the next 25 years. A Waterstone&#39;s panel then selected the final 25 (see below).</p><p>&quot;When Waterstone&#39;s asked the publishing industry to tell us who they thought would be the great talents of our second quarter century, we received a wonderful and eclectic array of nominations covering all tastes and genres,&quot; said m.d. Gerry Johnson, who unveiled the list yesterday night (Wednesday) at a &quot;25 Years in Books&quot; party at Waterstone&#39;s flagship Piccadilly branch. </p><p>&quot;It was incredibly tough to choose just 25 of them, but I think our final list includes a sparkling selection of talent--these authors will be on the bestseller and the awards lists for years to come.&quot; <br />Waterstone&#39;s booksellers also voted Philip Pullman&#39;s Northern Lights as the best book of the past 25 years, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher&#39;s Stone topping the list voted for by the general public from a shortlist of 25. </p><p>Waterstone&#39;s will run a three-for-two promotion for both its 25 authors for the future and the best 25 books of the past 25 years as chosen by the public (see below for list).<br /><br /><br />Waterstone&#39;s 25 authors for the future<br /><br />Naomi Alderman (novelist, Penguin)<br />Susanna Clarke (novelist, Bloomsbury)<br />Siobhan Dowd (novelist, David Fickling)<br />Jasper Fforde (novelist, Hodder)<br />Julia Golding (children&#39;s, OUP)<br />Emily Gravett (children&#39;s picture books, Macmillan Children&#39;s Books)<br />Steven Hall (novelist, Canongate)<br />Jane Harris (novelist, Faber)<br />Peter Hobbs (novelist, Faber)<br />Marina Lewycka (novelist, Penguin)<br />Robert Macfarlane (travel writer, Granta)<br />Gautam Malkani (novelist, Fourth Estate)<br />Jon McGregor (novelist, Bloomsbury)<br />Charlotte Mendelson (novelist, Picador)<br />Richard Morgan (sci-fi author, Gollancz)<br />Maggie O&#39;Farrell (novelist, Headline)<br />Helen Oyeyemi (novelist, Bloomsbury)<br />Jo Pratt (food writer, Penguin)<br />Dominic Sandbrook (historian, Little, Brown/Penguin)<br />C.J. Sansom (historical crime, Pan)<br />Chris Simms (crime, Orion)<br />Nick Stone (crime, Penguin)<br />Louise Welsh (novelist, Canongate)<br />Ben Wilson (historian, Faber)<br />Robyn Young (historical fiction author, Hodder)<br /><br />Top 25 books of the past 25 years, as voted for by Waterstone&#39;s customers.<br /><br />1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher&#39;s Stone<br />2. Time Traveler&#39;s Wife<br />3. Northern Lights<br />4. Birdsong&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />5. The Da Vinci Code<br />6. The Shadow of the Wind<br />7. Memoirs of a Geisha<br />8. The Secret History<br />9. Captain Corelli&#39;s Mandolin<br />10. The Curious Incident of the Dog<br />11. Handmaid&#39;s Tale<br />12. The Kite Runner<br />13. The Lovely Bones<br />14. A Prayer for Owen Meany<br />15. Colour of Magic<br />16. The Five People You Meet in Heaven<br />17. Magician&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />18. Life of Pi&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />19. Wild Swans&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />20. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic<br />21. The Name of the Rose<br />22. Angela&#39;s Ashes<br />23. A Suitable Boy<br />24. Notes from a Small Island<br />25. Labyrinth<br /></p>