B8 Contemporary

Authors born after 1940-present

B8 Camden_High_Street_June_2008, ContemporaryThis category of British literature is purely an invention of this site and does not represent or presume to dictate to the academic authorities responsible for assigning formal names to literary periods. Our intention is to isolate a generation of contemporary writers who were born after 1940 and are, therefore, generally considered to have little or none of the pre-WWII perspectives or mentalities that characterize the authors of the Modern/Postmodern Period. As such, the themes of contemporary writers are not yet officially recognized to tend toward one direction of thought or another.

It remains for time to tell what this generation of literary artists will contribute to the history of British literature – and we all get to enjoy the journey right along with them.

Note: Most of the works of authors in this category are still under copyright protection. We have attempted to create bibliographies for these authors, but their works are not in the public domain and, thus, are unavailable for free access at this time.

Contemporary Literature

The following authors in our database represent the Contemporary Period of British Literature:

Ackroyd, PeterBook Icon (1949-) Ihimaera, WitiBook Icon (1944-)
Almond, DavidBook Icon (1951-) Ishiguro, KazuoBook Icon (1954-)
Amis, MartinBook Icon (1949-2023) Kay, JackieBook Icon (1961-)
Ash, Timothy GartonBook Icon (1955-) Kureishi, HanifBook Icon (1954-)
Barker, CliveBook Icon (1952-) MacDonald, Ann-MarieBook Icon (1958-)
Barker, PatBook Icon (1943-) Marchetta, MelinaBook Icon (1965-)
Barnes, JulianBook Icon (1946-) Martel, YannBook Icon (1963-)
Boyd, WilliamBook Icon (1952-) McEwan, IanBook Icon (1948-)
Boyne, JohnBook Icon (1971-) Moore, AlanBook Icon (1953-)
Carter, AngelaBook Icon (1940-1992) Ondaatje, MichaelBook Icon (1943-)
Chatwin, BruceBook Icon (1940-1989) Phillips, CarylBook Icon (1958-)
Doyle, RoddyBook Icon (1958-) Pratchett, TerryBook Icon (1948-2015)
Duffy, Carol AnnBook Icon (1955-) Roberts, Gregory DavidBook Icon (1952-)
Dunmore, HelenBook Icon (1952-2017) Rowling, J.K.Book Icon (1965-)
Fforde, JasperBook Icon (1961-) Rushdie, SalmanBook Icon (1947-)
Gaiman, NeilBook Icon (1960-) Setterfield, DianeBook Icon (1964-)
Gibbons, DaveBook Icon (1949-) Shah, TahirBook Icon (1966-)
Goldsworthy, PeterBook Icon (1951-) Smith, ZadieBook Icon (1975-)
Grenville, KateBook Icon (1950-) Truss, LynneBook Icon (1955-)
Haddon, MarkBook Icon (1962-) Urquhart, JaneBook Icon (1949-)
Harris, JoanneBook Icon (1964-) Walters, MinetteBook Icon (1949-)
Highway, TomsonBook Icon (1951-) Winterson, JeanetteBook Icon (1959-)
Hoffman, EvaBook Icon (1945-) Zusak, MarkusBook Icon (1975-)
Hornby, NickBook Icon (1957-)

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