Who were the best young British novelists of the 1980s? And who among them have emerged as the most important writers of their generation? This classic issue of Granta collects new fiction from the twenty writers, judged in 1983, to be the best of their generation.
‘They're only wild flowers. I wish I could buy you real roses. But to her they became the real roses, frail petals, each centre a sun. And they smelled of sun and beginnings, as clear and thin as the water.’
‘His father had visited a prostitute and had been a spy. It was quite obvious to Julian that this was true. He was almost pleased to read it, for it justified his sense, never admitted to himself before, that Daddy Spoilt Everything.’
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