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Britain has young people, too

After all the hooplah and agony caused by the 20 under 40 thing in the last couple weeks, it was only a matter of time before other countries wanted to try the painful process out for themselves. Here are the Telegraph’s British guesses, fronted with a photo of awesome novelist (and, surely coincidentally, the most beautiful woman in letters), Zadie Smith.
The lists generated by the New Yorker and Granta are interesting as much for what they reveal about a country’s fiction as about the concerns of a writing generation. Though creative writing courses such as the pioneering one at the University of East Anglia have taken off in Britain, their presence is nothing like as pervasive as that of institutions such as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the States. “Writing is more developed as a craft in America,” says John Freeman, “and American writers are constantly engaged with the question of being American. There is no similarly defining issue over here.” It is notable that most of the writers on the New Yorker list came though a creative writing programme – and many now teach on one.

So with these potential problems in mind and in the hope of unleashing a debate similar in ferocity to the one triggered by the New Yorker, we are pleased to unveil our list of writers. We have used the same selection criteria as the New Yorker – all these writers are under 40 and all, with two exceptions, live in Britain – at least most of the time. But we haven’t controlled the types of writing, or worried about whether writers stand in some way for different experiences of Britishness. And we have frankly failed, if it matters, to achieve a gender balance – 13 out of the 20 are men – and most of these writers are white. But in other ways we have striven to be diverse, refusing to overlook excellent science fiction and genuinely good thrillers.
Our list is based unapologetically on talent and, to a lesser extent, potential – one of our selected writers, Anjali Joseph, will publish her first novel next month. Implicit in our selection is the expectation that these writers have their best work ahead of them. If some people complain that they haven’t heard of most of them, we will regard that criticism as a badge of honour.

"To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph."
Mark Twain

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Fast fact about writing

Where, and by whom writing was first developed remains unknown, but scholars place the beginning of writing at 6,000