Most of us, I’m sure, have our list of authors whom we wish were better known. I won’t hesitate to recommend Chris Beckett, Robert Jackson Bennett, Jedediah Berry, Keith Brooke, Trevor Byrne, Ramsey Campbell, Eleanor Catton, Rana Dasgupta, Tom Fletcher, Mary Gentle, Lesley Glaister, Nick Harkaway, Ryan David Jahn, Shane Jones, Graham Joyce, Simon Lelic, Emily Mackie, Paul Murray, Helen Oyeyemi, Christopher Priest, Anna Richards, Dan Rhodes, Adam Roberts, Ray Robinson, Amy Sackville, Nikesh Shukla, A.C. Tillyer, Jeff VanderMeer, David Vann, Conrad Williams, and Evie Wyld as writers all deserving of your attention.
The Fiction Uncovered website has been publishing various people’s recommendations of overlooked and/or underappreciated fiction, and they recently asked me if I would contribute something. With that lengthy list of writers I gave above, what did I choose? Something else entirely. I’ve gone back to one of the best books I read last year – Ken Grimwood’s magnificent 1986 novel Replay