Welcome dear readers to today’s post about the top 10 bestselling authors of literary fiction in 2017. The list published by The Guardian surprisingly shows that nine of the ten are women, with Haruki Murakami being the only man on the list.
- Margaret Atwood
- Atwood is the author of the amazing novel The Handmaid’s Tale, which was turned into a TV series last year. She is a Canadian writer who has won more than a few awards, such as the Booker Prize award in 2000 for The Blind Assassin and the Arthur C Clarke award for The Handmaid’s Tale in 1987. She has also written a great deal of poetry and non-fiction, such as Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth published in 2008. Her works have been translated into over forty languages across the world. Personally I have only read The Handmaid’s Tale but I very much look forward to reading more of her work soon. Her writing style is simple yet brilliant and her method of storytelling keeps you reading until the very end. Whilst I didn’t read The Handmaid’s Tale especially quickly I did read it at every opportunity.
- Sarah Perry
- Perry is a UK-born author, known for works such as After Me Comes The Flood and The Essex Serpent. She has won several awards for her works, such as the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014 and Waterstones Book of the Year 2016. I have not personally read any of her work, but they do sound interesting and now hold a spot on my Want to Read shelf on Goodreads.
- Helen Dunmore
- Helen Dunmore is another UK-born author who sadly passed away in June last year. She had a long list of novels published, the last only published last year. Dunmore won several awards throughout her career, such as the McKitterick Prize for Zennor in Darkness in 1993, her first novel for adults. She also won the inaugeral Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996 for A Spell of Winter.
- Naomi Alderman
- Naomi Alderman is yet another UK-born author (we are doing well here) who has won the Orange Award for New Writers for her debut novel Disobedience. This book was quite controversial when released as it told the story of a Rabbi’s daughter who becomes a lesbian. Alderman has also had a career in writing for video games, a profession that sounds really exciting to me. She is one of the team who created the game Zombie, Run! A brilliant app that entertains you whilst you are out running. A rather ingenious way to get more people running.
- Elena Ferrante
- Elena Ferrante is an Italian novelist who writes under a pseudonym. Her book The Story of the Lost Child was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Her works have been translated from Italian to English for wider reading.
- Haruki Murakami
- Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite literary authors of all time. I first read The Elephant Vanishes whilst studying English Lit in college, I ended up basing my whole project for that class on a couple of his short stories. In fact, aside from my copies of the Harry Potter series The Elephant Vanishes must be the most well worn book currently on my shelves. I think Murakami has a brilliant talent for writing and I can only hope to become as creative a writer as he is during my career.
- Ali Smith
- Ali Smith is a Scottish author who is inspirational to me. During an interview with the magazine Mslexia she admitted to struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which isn’t terribly different from my own Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease. The fact that she still follows her passion for writing throughout this shows that anything is possible if you care enough for it. She rather sweetly dedicates all of her books to her partner Sarah Wood.
- Zadie Smith
- Zadie Smith is also UK-born and has released several novels as well as a collection of essays titled Changing My Mind. Her most recent novel, Swing Time, was released in 2016.
- Maggie O’Farrell
- Maggie O’Farrell is an Irish author who was named one of Waterstones 25 authors to watch in the future. She focuses on several themes in her work, such as the relationships between sisters, loss and the psychological impact from those losses.
- Arundhati Roy
- Arundhati Roy is an Indian author who has won several awards during her career. She has won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel The God of Small Things and the Cultural Freedom Award in 2002 for her work as an activist for social justice and economic inequality.
So there you have it, the top ten literary authors of 2017. What do you think of the list? I think I might make more lists like this in the future, it was fun reading into these authors as I hadn’t heard of some of them before so it has helped me broadened my horizons!
Let me know what lists you might like to see in the future!