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Books I Read This Year

Various Contributors

From Robert Macfarlane’s journey through Britain’s old and forgotten footpaths, to Teju Cole’s illuminations of...

Ross Raisin

Ross Raisin was born in Yorkshire. He has written two novels, Waterline and God’s Own Country.

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Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi was born in London to Nigerian and Ghanian parents. she holds a BA from Yale and an MPhil from Oxford. Selasi made her fiction debut in Granta in 2011 with 'The Sex Live of African Girls', which was selected for Best American Short Stories in 2012. Her first novel, Ghana Must Go, was published in March 2013. An avid traveller and photographer, Selasi lives in Rome.

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Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California in 1984 and raised in Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, the New York Times and elsewhere. She is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University. In 2012, Watkins was selected as one of the National Book Foundation's "Top 5 under 35" and was a finalist for the New York Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Her debut short story collection, Battleborn, won the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize.

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Peter Stothard

Peter Stothard is the Editor of the TLS and the author of two books of diaries, Thirty Days (2003) and On the Spartacus Road (2010). He is a classicist who has spent most of his life as a political and literary journalist. From 1992 to 2002 he was the Editor of The Times. In 2012 he was chairman of the judges for the Man Booker Prize. He was knighted in 2003. His latest book, Alexandria, was published by Granta Books in 2013.

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Edmund White

Edmund White is a novelist and literary critic. He has written some twenty-five books – novels, memoirs, travel books, biographies and essays. He has written on Sartre, Genet, homosexual desire and sex as well as on Proust and Paris. He teaches writing at Princeton and is a contributing editor at Granta.

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Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is the author of six novels including Ingenious Pain (1997), which won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Oxygen (2001), which was shortlisted for the Booker and Whitbread Prizes and Pure (2011), which won the Costa Book of the Year Prize.

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Tan Twan Eng

Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang and lived in various places in Malaysia as a child. His first novel, The Gift of Rain, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Czech and Serbian. The Garden of Evening Mists is his second novel and is currently short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

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