Announcement: Derek Owusu named in Granta’s Best of British Novelists List 2023

We could not be more excited to announce that Derek Owusu has been named in Granta’s once-in-a-decade list of Best British Novelists.

Previous writers in this prestigious list have included the likes of Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie and Kazuo Ishiguro. The selection, which took over two years to bring together and focuses on writers towards the start of their careers, was judged by authors Rachel Cusk, Helen Oyeyemi, Tash Aw and Brian Dillon, chaired by outgoing Granta magazine editor Sigrid Rausing, from a longlist compiled by the Granta editorial team.

Derek Owusu photographed for Granta Best of Young British Novelists, London, November 2022. (Photo/Alice Zoo)

Luke Neima, deputy editor of Granta, told The Bookseller: “The best thing the list can do is really help a younger writer to embark on their career; I think what the judges wanted was ambitious work, work that shows promise — they were thinking about the potential careers of these authors, not just the work that had been done.”

Derek Owusu is an award-winning writer and poet from North London. His debut novel, That Reminds Me, was the first book of fiction to be published under Stormzy’s #Merky Books imprint and won the Desmond Elliott Prize. His latest novel, Losing the Plot, is published with Canongate and has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2023.

You can read the full Bookseller article here.