12 ‘Granta’-Anointed Best Young British Novelists on Their Favorite Young British Writers

As you may have heard, earlier this week Granta revealed their once-in-a-decade list of the 20 best young British novelists, an honor that more often than not is a harbinger of success (see Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Julian Barnes). Curious as to the reading lists of these future international literary stars, we reached out to ask them to tell us about their favorite writers — and though not all of them stuck to the letter of our “young and British” stipulations, they all recommended amazing authors to add to our to-read pile. Check out the favorite writers of 2013’s Best Young British Novelists after the jump, and let us know which ones excite you most in the comments.

Photo Credit: Sabreen Hussain

Photo Credit: Sabreen Hussain

Nadifa Mohamed

“I recently finished Looking For Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa and have not been able to stop talking about it. It is a travel book but so full of stories, and so funny that I kept snorting as I read it on the bus. Her personal history frames her travels around Nigeria and gives her observations a fresh, mordacious quality. It feels as though she is wrestling with her subject; meaningfully, violently and with a deep-down love.”