Packed full of sparky, though-provoking pieces. Altogether a fine tote bag of youthful talent for the summer. --'Summer Reads', The Times
Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 4 should be in the library of everyone who cares about contemporary fiction. That's not just because some of the writing is compelling; one also wants to see whether the young writers shine beyond Granta's pages. --Mail and Guardian SA
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?