Ellis Sharp issues a challenge:

With the Booker Prize ceremony coming up on Monday, what better time to reflect on the state of modern British fiction? The Sharp Side challenge, thrown out to all you literary bloggers and smart culture vultures, is: name the ten best British fiction titles since 1950.

Hmmmm. I'll have a ponder. Ellis's list runs:

  1. Evelyn Waugh The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold
  2. Malcolm Lowry Through the Panama
  3. Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook
  4. Alexander Trocchi Cain’s Book
  5. Ann Quin Passages
  6. JG Ballard The Atrocity Exhibition
  7. BS Johnson Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry
  8. Alasdair Gray Lanark: A Life in 4 Books
  9. Iain Banks Excession
  10. Alan Warner Morvern Callar

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