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For three consecutive decades, Granta has foreseen the brilliant careers of the British literary scene, showcasing an array of talent. Join us as three of these stellar Great Young British Novelists from the 2013 list talk about their new novels and their experiences: Jenni Fagan - The Panopticon, Kamila Shamsie - Burnt Shadows, and Ross Raisin - God’s Own Country.
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Jenni Fagan’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Panopticon, was published in 2012 and named one of the Waterstones Eleven, a selection of the best fiction debuts of the year. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her collection The Dead Queen of Bohemia was named 3:AM magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year. She holds an MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, and currently lives in a coastal village in Scotland.
Kamila Shamsie is the author of five novels. The first, In the City by the Sea, was published by Granta Books in 1998 and shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her most recent novel, Burnt Shadows, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and translated into more than twenty languages. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a trustee of English PEN and a member of the Authors Cricket Club.
Ross Raisin was born in Silsden, West Yorkshire. His first novel, God’s Own Country, was published in 2008 and was awarded the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award in 2009, the Guildford First Novel Prize, a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for six other awards including the Guardian First Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His second novel, Waterline, was published in 2011. His short stories have appeared in Granta, Prospect, Esquire, Dazed & Confused, the Sunday Times and on BBC Radio 3 and 4.