Granta 123 by John Freeman
The Best of Young British Novelists 4 (Granta: The Magazine of New Writing)

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...but Best of Young British Novelists 4 doesn't, as a whole, inspire about the future of the British novel. It offers some exceptional writing, but mostly solid, old-fashioned storytelling or hit-and-miss, boil-in-the-bag postmodernism.
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Barker, Barnes, Hollinghurst, Ishiguro, Mitchell, Rushdie, Smith, Tremain, Winterson . . . Long before they were household names, they were Granta Best of Young British Novelists. With each Young Novelist list - in 1983, 1993, and 2003 - came new ways of witnessing the world, introductions to unforgettable characters and mysterious and addictive voices. In 2013, thirty years after the first collection, the magazine asked once again: which writers are setting the bar for a new decade in British literature?
 

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John Freeman's criticism has appeared in more than 200 newspapers around the world, including the Guardian, the Independent, The Times and the Wall Street Journal. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. His first book, THE TYRANNY OF EMAIL, was published in October by Scribner in the US and Text in Australia.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Granta Magazine. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Theo Tait on Apr 16 2013

...but Best of Young British Novelists 4 doesn't, as a whole, inspire about the future of the British novel. It offers some exceptional writing, but mostly solid, old-fashioned storytelling or hit-and-miss, boil-in-the-bag postmodernism.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Tim Adams on Apr 20 2013

...reading back to back the vividly crafted excerpts and stories, you are struck by a few things...the writers are defiantly, almost perversely, global in their reference points...

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Financial Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Lorien Kite on Apr 19 2013

Some of the work on display dazzles. David Szalay’s taut, wry “Europa”...left me impatient for the larger work of which it is part.

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