New Novelists: 12 of the Best from The Culture Show

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The Culture Show, 2010/2011 Episode 24 of 26

Duration: 57 minutes

The world of publishing is changing fast - bookshops are closing, e-books are starting to challenge the traditional book market and some critics are even wondering if the novel has had its day.

To highlight the brightest new talent in this area, The Culture Show has formed a panel chaired by professor of English John Mullan to examine the debut novels of writers published in the last two years and to identify the most important new voices in British literary fiction right now.

The film witnesses the in-depth discussions of the panel as they narrow the list of new novelists down to just 12. It then introduces each of the writers and their work.

John Mullan puts the search into context by exploring the literary landscape, its recent past and likely future. He also looks back at previous lists of new writers to see whether they fulfilled their early promise.

  • 12 of the Best New Novelists

    12 of the Best New Novelists

    Photographer: Alex Maguire

  • Who they are...

    Who they are...

    (left to right)

    Top row
    David Abbott, author of "The Upright Piano Player"
    Deborah Kay Davies, author of "True Things About Me"
    Eleanor Thom, author of "The Tin-kin"

    Second row
    Adam Haslett, author of "Union Atlantic"
    Evie Wyld, author of "After The Fire, A Still Small Voice"
    Rebecca Hunt, author of "Mr Chartwell"

    Third row
    Jim Powell, author of "The Breaking Of Eggs"
    Samantha Harvey, author of "The Wilderness"
    Stephen Kelman, author of "Pigeon English"

    Bottom row
    Ned Beauman, author of "Boxer, Beetle"
    Jenn Ashworth, author of "A Kind of Intimacy"
    Anna Richards, author of "Little Gods"

  • Judging Britain's 12 best new novelists for The Culture Show

    Judging Britain's 12 best new novelists for The Culture Show

    Alex Clark, part of the judging panel, on how they selected the shortlist: "It's safe to say we didn't always agree, but that's exactly the point of having a panel - fiction isn't something you can judge by rigid criteria."

    Read and comment on Alex's post at the BBC TV blog
  • BBC TV blog

    BBC TV blog

    Evie Wyld, author of 'After The Fire, A Still Small Voice,' discusses her writing and what it's like to be named as one of The Culture Show's best new British novelists.

    Read Evie Wyld's post on the TV blog


Series Producer
Emily Kennedy
Series Editor
Janet Lee
John Mullan
Hannah Robson
Hannah Robson


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