Adam Thirlwell – read his entry on Wikipedia
The Cyrillic Alphabet - the story short in Granta, but it was the 12 page extract of his novel Politics in Arete that led to Adam Thirlwell's inclusion Granta’s list of the 20 Best Young British novelists in 2003. It's difficult to see exactly what made the judges so excited about this short story - but then again, I guess I wouldn't have commissioned the brilliant Zadie Smith from her short stories alone. Like Federico, Adam Thirlwell has won an obscure prize - the 2000 Shelley-Mills Prize (Awardd: the princely sum of £100) - maybe, like Federico, he'll go on to win bigger things? The Shelley-Mills Prize is "to promote the study of the works of William Shakespeare" - given the name of the prize, this does not make any sense - was the original donator of the prize a Kerryman? Oh, and he was also one of the winners of the Violet Vaughan Morgan Essay Prize in 1999. See? The boy can write
Obscure unpublished novelist joins the elite - the Guardian reports on Adam Thirlwell's sudden rise to fame. Since Adam Thirlwell is an Oxford Fellow, he may well be obscure, but he's hardly Jude
Going down in the anals of literature - Emma Brockes gives us the dirt on Adam Thirlwell's work. Nana and Moshe and their sexual handcuffs etc
A Question of Merit - Stephanie Merritt questions the whole idea of including unpublished writers on Granta's list. I blame the agents myself, always looking for anyway to promote their unpublished authors. Admittedly, my criticism of agents' actions would not appear to make much sense. But it does look like a degrading bidding process went on - don't get me wrong - the judges weren't bribed - the whole prrocess just feels as lusty and bloody as a shark attack, and it does not look as though the judges were wholly in control
Chatting up… Adam Thirlwell – read his interview with Cherwell
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