Completely revised and updated to include the most up-to-date selections, this is a bold and bright reference book to the novels and the writers that have excited the world's imagination. This authoritative selection of novels, reviewed by an international team of writers, critics, academics, and journalists, provides a new take on world classics and a reliable guide to what's hot in contemporary fiction. Featuring more than 700 illustrations and photographs, presenting quotes from individual novels and authors, and completely revised for 2012, this is the ideal book for everybody who loves reading.
M.J. Hyland is an ex-lawyer, the author of three award-winning novels and a lecturer in the MA Fiction Programme in The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester.Â She also runs The Hyland & Byrne Editing Firm www.editingfirm.com
Hyland's agent for all rights, including film rights is Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown. See +44 (0)20 7393 4492
M.J Hyland's second novel, Carry Me Down was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (2006) and won both The Hawthornden Prize (2007) and The Encore Prize (2007) and was shortlisted for The Commonwealth Writers' Prize (2006). Carry Me Down was also longlisted for The Orange Prize (2007). Her third novel, This Is How (2009), was longlisted for both The Orange Prize (2009) and The International Dublin IMPAC Prize (2009).
M.J. Hyland has published non-fiction in The London Review of Books (2004), The Irish Independent on Sunday (2005), The Scottish Herald (2010), Best Australian Essays (2006, 2008, 2009 & 2011), The Financial Times (2011), Lonely Planet (2012), The Paris Review (online, 2011), The Sydney Morning Herald (2008, 2009 & 2012), The Guardian (2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012), and elsewhere.Â
Her short stories have been published in Zoetrope: All Story (USA: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008), Blackbook Magazine (2004, 2006 & 2007), Best Australian Short Stories (2006 & 2008) and in September 2011, her short story Rag Love, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Â In August 2012, her long essay, 'Hardy Animal' was published in Granta - Medicine.
M.J. Hyland also teaches fiction masterclasses for The Guardian Masterclass, London (2010, 2011 & 2012), and The Faber Academy, London (2010 & 2011), and leads fiction workshops at major literary festivals in Edinburgh, Dublin, Hay-on-Wye, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London, Paris, Rome and elsewhere.