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Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists 2003

In 1983, Granta devoted an entire issue to new fiction by twenty of the ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. Ten years later, in 1993, it did the same again. Both lists were revealing snapshots of a generation of writers about to come into their own. The first list included Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes and Kazuo Ishiguro. The second, Iain Banks, Louis de Bernières, Helen Simpson and Jeanette Winterson.

Who are the best of young British novelists? Five Granta judges read and deliberated. This issue, with new fiction from all twenty writers, was their answer in 2003.

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In this issue

Ian Jack: Introduction
Sarah Waters: Helen and Julia
Monica Ali: Dinner with Dr. Azad
Andrew O’Hagan: Gas, Boys, Gas
Dan Rhodes: At The Villa Cockroft
Rachel Seiffert: Field Study
Toby Litt: The Hare
Rachel Cusk: After Caravaggio’s Sacrifice of Isaac
Alan Warner: The Costa Pool Bums
Nicola Barker: The Balance
David Mitchell: The January Man
Susan Elderkin: The Clangers
Stephen Gill: Postcards From Britain
Peter Ho Davies: Leading Man
A. L. Kennedy: Room 536
Ben Rice: Look at Me, I’m Beautiful
David Peace: Here We Go
Hari Kunzru: Lila.Exe
Philip Hensher: In Time of War
Robert McLiam Wilson: The Dreamed
Zadie Smith: Martha, Martha
Adam Thirlwell: The Cyrillic Alphabet