So, here we have the published list of authors included in the The Granta Best of Young British Novelists. I love the diversity of the names here, with the authors as well as their chosen subject matter coming from various countries. And the majority of the names are female, which is a pleasant change – I wrote a post on International Women’s Day in March about the way male and female writers are perceived, and how many women in the past (and indeed today) use either male pseudonyms or use their initials rather than their full names to hide their gender, particularly when writing in certain genres that are traditionally more male orientated. With these names listed as the ones to watch over the coming years, perhaps the times may be changing.
Another news story today also celebrates women writers – the announcement of the nominees for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for female fiction writers. Hilary Mantel is on the shortlist, naturally, and so could become the first person to win all three of the UK’s major book prizes. All in all, a good day for the girls.