Friday, June 09, 2006

The Best Living British Writer Named

Readers of The Book Magazine, a quarterly online and print journal, have voted J K Rowling the Best Living British Writer. Readers were invited to vote for the best living writer and offered a list of suggestions which included several authors who have written for children: Raymond Briggs, Anne Fine, Roger McGough, Michael Morpurgo, Terry Pratchett, J K Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman. The final top 20 looks like this:

1 JK Rowling
2 Terry Pratchett
3 Ian McEwan
4 Salman Rushdie
5 Kazuo Ishiguro
6 Philip Pullman
7 Harold Pinter
8 Nick Hornby
9 AS Byatt
=10 Jonathan Coe
=10 John Le Carre
12 Doris Lessing
13 Alan Bennett
14 Iain Banks
15 Muriel Spark
16 David Mitchell
17 Martin Amis
18 Ian Rankin
=19 Pat Barker
=19 Alasdair Gray

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