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British Writing is not all Grey

fictionuncoveredlogoLast month, in response to the brouhaha about E L James’ sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Sophie Rochester, Director of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, came up with a neat riposte: the Twitter hashtag #BritishwritingisnotallGrey. I’d missed it but Naomi at The Writes of Women wrote a post celebrating it with an excellent list of writers she wanted to share with other readers. It seemed such a good idea that I’ve jumped on the bandwagon albeit a little tardily. What follows is, of course, an entirely subjective list. I’ve limited it to just twenty-five British writers – many of whom you’ll already know – and have kept it to those novelists whose books I’ve read. A click on a name will take you to any that I’ve reviewed.

Kate Atkinson

Jon McGregor

Helen Dunmore

Polly Samson

Lucy Wood

Emily Woof

Louisa Young

Rupert Thomson

Jill Dawson

Katharine Grant

Nadeem Aslam

Andrew Miller

James Meek

Helen Oyeyemi

Lesley Glaister

Carol Birch

Patrick Gale

William Boyd

Jane Harris

Georgina Harding

Liz Jensen

Tessa Hadley

Linda Grant

Jonathan Coe

There are many other British writers I could have included here – these are just the first that came to mind. I know you must have your own favourites so please, do feel free to add them.