Julian Barnes

Barnes is a highly celebrated English writer who frequently features on the Man Booker Prize shortlist, with his novel, Sense of an Ending winning in 2011.

We recommend: The Sense of an Ending and Flaubert’s Parrot

Kazuo Ishiguro

Ishiguro is another author who frequents the Man Booker shortlist. Ishiguro’s work narrows in on human failings and flaws, making his work very relatable.

We recommend: The Remains of the Day and An Artist of the Floating World

Val McDermid

Scottish-crime writer, Val McDermid has a number of best-selling novels under her belt. McDermid is best known for her command of suspense and the character, Dr.Tony Hill.

We recommend: The Vanishing Point and The Skeleton Road

Louise Doughty

Doughty’s work is often morally complex and compelling, from bestseller Apple Tree Yard to her Costa Novel Award shortlisted, Whatever You Love. Doughty focuses on characters we don’t often read about.

We recommend: Whatever You Love

David Mitchell

Mitchell’s work is ambitious, gripping and often spans continents or even universes. Cloud Atlas was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize and explores the nature of power within an interesting non-linear structure.

We recommend: Cloud Atlas