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I Submitted


… my revisions and therefore I deserve a list. After I open a large bottle of wine, that is.

Thanks to the lovely Ms Musings – who found it at Thomas’s Porch – here is a list of The Sunday Times 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945. Which ones have you read?

1. Philip Larkin – yes
2. George Orwell – yes
3. William Golding – yes
4. Ted Hughes – yes
5. Doris Lessing – yes
6. J. R. R. Tolkien  – yes
7. V. S. Naipaul – started, got bored, put down
8. Muriel Spark – yes
9. Kingsley Amis – yes
10. Angela Carter – yes
11. C. S. Lewis – yes
12. Iris Murdoch – yes! big favourite here and long overdue for a re-read
13. Salman Rushdie – yes
14. Ian Fleming – nope
15. Jan Morris – nope
16. Roald Dahl – yes
17. Anthony Burgess – no
18. Mervyn Peake – yes
19. Martin Amis – yes
20. Anthony Powell – no
21. Alan Sillitoe – no, not even heard of
22. John Le Carré – yes
23. Penelope Fitzgerald – no
24. Philippa Pearce – no, not heard of her either
25. Barbara Pym – yes
26. Beryl Bainbridge -no, but I want to
27. J. G. Ballard – no
28. Alan Garner – no. Who he?
29. Alasdair Gray – no
30. John Fowles – yes
31. Derek Walcott – yes
32. Kazuo Ishiguro – yes
33. Anita Brookner – yes
34. A. S. Byatt – yes
35. Ian McEwan – yes
36. Geoffrey Hill – no
37. Hanif Kureishi – yes
38. Iain Banks – yes
39. George Mackay Brown – no
40. A. J. P. Taylor – yes
41. Isaiah Berlin – no
42. J. K. Rowling – yes
43. Philip Pullman – yes, but only part of, aloud to a child
44. Julian Barnes – yes
45. Colin Thubron – no
46. Bruce Chatwin – yes
47. Alice Oswald – no
48. Benjamin Zephaniah – yes, but how does he get on the list and Zadie Smith doesn’t?
49. Rosemary Sutcliff – no
50. Michael Moorcock – no

Out of my ‘nos’ are there any I should chase down and fling onto my TBR pile? Unmissable books that I’ve missed and without which my reading education is poorer and sadder?

Do tell.

Author: charlotteotter

Novelist, feminist, crime writer

6 thoughts on “I Submitted

  1. I was starting to get a reader’s inferiority complex until I got to the children’s writers and now i realise that I’m a specialist in classic children’s fiction … Philippa Pearce wrote Tom’s Midnight Garden, which I loved as a child and my kids have also enjoyed. Alan Garner wrote a whole load of fantasy children’s books in the 60s – Elidor and the Weirdstone of Brisingamen in particular. Patrick loves these more than I do but they are good stories And Rosemary Sutcliff has written some great historical fiction for kids – my favourite was The Armourers House about a girl in medieval London. Look out for them in second hand bookstores – your girls (and boy) may well enjoy them!
    But there are so many great authors missing from this list….!

  2. Thanks for filling in the gaps, Kit! Clearly my SAfrican childhood left some gaping holes in my education.

  3. Congrats Charlotte! Cheers 🙂 As for the list, have not heard of several of those too and also wonder at Zadie Smith being left off. I think I would also be daunted at having to read “Great British Writers”. Just on the Smiths I would also recommend Ali Smith 😉

  4. Hi Honey! You be back! Well done for getting revisions in. Wow.
    I cannot believe there is something I have read and you haven’t. I too want to read Beryl Bainbridge.. I have read Colin Thuberons books on Russia and they are fascinating. His travel writing is very moving, and he covers alot of cultural historical ground very sympathetically. Is that English?

  5. Congratulations on the revisions! Fantastic news!

  6. Silly list ! based on what ? the writers taste ? why no Susan Hill here ?? Jk Rowling !!!!

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