I love discovering new, talented writers. Writers who are writing right now. Writers who reflect our times, whether deliberately or unintentionally. So I thought it would be worthwhile having a thread in which we can share those contemporary writers we've discovered who have something to say and say it in an interesting or worthwhile way. I have many, so will try and ration myself out, but would love to hear about yours. Doesn't have to be writers writing in English, as I'd love to hear about writers from all over the world that I can watch out for in translation at, hopefully, a not too distant, far point in the future. Not restricted to novelists, as I'd love to hear about great contemporary poets too. Only qualification is that they must be writing right now!
Share your favourites here. Here are some of mine:
David Mitchell - had to come first. He's just great. I recommend...well, everything he's written but if you're going to start with one it might as well be Cloud Atlas. Mitchell is a lover of language and a weaver of tales. He loves to leave a little thread of crumbs for the reader to follow. Sometimes you get a little lost, he's not perfect, but on the whole he's pretty darned good. Can't recommend him enough.
Tom McCarthy - Booker longlisted with his current work 'C' which is also in the poll for the October book club, if anyones interested in reading something bang up to date. His debut novel Remainder is the only one of his works I've read so far and it's brilliant. Polarising, I think, but brilliant. It's very detailed, slightly odd and his characters are strangely two dimensional but yet it's right that they are. It's one of those novels that stays with you (well with me anyway) for days afterwards. It takes you somewhere you don't expect. McCarthy is also a founder member of the International Necronauts Society which is a strange and rather interesting outfit.
Simon Armitage - poet. Brillant. Funny. Nice guy. The Shout
Jon Mcgregor because if nobody speaks of remarkable things is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
and I can't finish without a little mention of Steven Hall, writer of the innovative and funny and sweet The Raw Shark Texts. Apart from it being a really good read, after I'd read it I realised/discovered that Steven Hall was an old classmate of mine. Slightly green (okay, maybe a livid green) at the fact that he has achieved my dream and/or gobbled all the talent I wished I had, but very happy for him and impressed with his book.
Yikes, that list is sadly lacking in women. Redress the balance, someone!