Modern British Novels

British novels from the last 20 years (currently 1997-present).
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472 books · 509 voters · list created November 14th, 2008 by Michael (votes) .
Tags: british, fiction
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message 24: by Scott (new)

Scott Nice list. Thanks.


message 23: by Breanna (new)

Breanna great list, thanks so much!


message 22: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Sep 29, 2012 09:00AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Removed, for not being BRITISH novels:
11/22/63
The Shadow of the Wind
The Kite Runner
A Thousand Splendid Suns

Removed, for not qualifying as a work of MODERN British literature:
The Pilgrim's Progress

Removed for being neither by a British author nor a novel/work of fiction:
Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City


message 21: by Bernadine (new)

Bernadine Lionel Shriver, whilst brilliant, is not British


message 20: by Ellie (new)

Ellie M The author of Let the Right One In is Swedish as far as I am aware...


message 19: by Ellie (last edited Feb 10, 2013 02:06PM) (new)

Ellie M Diane Chamberlain & Stephen King are American...


message 18: by Ellie (new)

Ellie M Camilla Lackberg & the author of Let the Right One in are both Swedish...


message 17: by Ellie (new)

Ellie M Murakami is Japanese...


message 16: by Alejandra (new)

Alejandra Perez Great list but they are not all British. Let the right one in, The hipnotist, etc.


message 15: by Cassie (new)

Cassie Anita Shreve is an American novelist from the Boston MA area. Her dad was a pilot and she travels a lot, so some of her novels are set in the UK (most are set in NH and ME), but she is NOT British.


message 14: by Anindyta (new)

Anindyta Gone Girl is not British


message 13: by Jeana (new)

Jeana Rock Suzanne Collins, Erin Morgenstern and R.J.Palacio are not British.


message 12: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl How strictly is the "last 15-20 years" thing being enforced? Given that the list was started in 2008, the earliest pub date on here should be 1988.

Clockwork Orange, e.g., was published in 1962.


message 11: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Smith Suzanne Collins ('The Hunger Games') and Scott Westerfeld ('Uglies') are both American, though very good authors


message 10: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Jessica wrote: "Suzanne Collins ('The Hunger Games') and Scott Westerfeld ('Uglies') are both American, though very good authors"

Gone.


message 9: by Grace (new)

Grace Jane Eyre I would not classify as a modern British novel as published around 1845 or 6.


message 8: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Gone.


message 7: by John (new)

John Burns I'm with lobstergirl on this one and would appreciate a more clearly defined and properly moderated premise. If this list is supposed to cover "the last 20 years" then I would suggest that any book published more than 20 years prior to the current date (let's say anything earlier than 1994 as I am writing in 2014) shouldn't be on this list.


message 6: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed for not being either British, or modern, or novels:

Shirley Jackson
Lemony Snicket
Tracy Chevalier
Sharon Maas
Evelyn Waugh
George Orwell
Malcolm Gladwell
E.M. Forster
Rohinton Mistry
Thomas Hardy
Khaled Hosseini
Vikram Seth
Anita Shreve
J.M. Coetzee


message 5: by John (new)

John Burns I've added a more concrete time-span for admissible books: The last twenty years, or, 1994-2014. That's this current (incomplete) year plus the 20 whole years that preceded it. If this new, unambiguous premise is considered acceptable then we can start removing the inapplicable books i.e. anything from 1993 or earlier.
Here are the top 3 books that would be removed: Remains of the Day (1988), Possession (1990), Trainspotting (1993).


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I would suggest taking into consideration when the list was created, 2008. So the list creator intended books from 1988 forward to be on the list. I wouldn't therefore remove the books you mention. I would just allow books from 1988 to the present.


message 3: by John (new)

John Burns On the other hand the word "modern" implies that the books are recent to a certain extent. The problem with a set date i.e. 1988, is that it does not remain recent. Books from this date therefore become increasingly less "modern" as time passes and so become increasingly less relevant to a list of "modern" books. This is why I suggest a constantly moving time-span of the latest 20 years because it conforms more closely to the premise of "modern books" than the "1988 to present" time-span.


message 2: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 17, 2017 07:39AM) (new)

Booklovinglady As far as I know, Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger, #56) is Indian, not British.

Mary Ann Shaffer (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, #5) is not British either, as she is American.

Kane and Abel (#322) doesn't qualify as the book was first published in 1979.


message 1: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 18, 2017 09:37AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Deleted for not fitting the title and description of this Listopia (not being British or modern):
The White Tiger
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Kane and Abel


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