The '25 Authors for the Future' were nominated by publishers, editors and agents, who were asked to select the emergent British writers of the 21st Century who they believed would go on to produce the most impressive body of work over the next quarter century. Over a hundred nominations were received, and the final 25 were selected by a panel at Waterstone's. These authors - some familiar and some relatively unknown - were selected from all genres and for readers of all ages, covering everything from children's picture books to literary fiction, historical non-fiction, crime, science fiction, travel and cookery.And the list in full:
You can read all about the authors and their books here, and John Ezard's comments in the Guardian here.
Naomi Alderman Susanna Clarke Siobhan Dowd Jasper Fforde Julia Golding Emily Gravett Steven Hall Jane Harris Peter Hobbs Marina Lewycka Robert Macfarlane Gautam Malkani Jon McGregor Charlotte Mendelson Richard Morgan Maggie O'Farrell Helen Oyeyemi Jo Pratt Dominic Sandbrook CJ Sansom Chris Simms Nick Stone Louise Welsh Ben Wilson Robyn Young
Okay, let's play the "how many" game.
(Here's where the world sees what a pleb I am.)
I've heard of ten.
Possess books by only two of them (Monica Lewycka, Jon McGregor)
Have only read the first of these.