So who is the greatest living writer?

So who is the greatest living writer? 

So who do you think is the greatest living author?

My nominations would be:

Margaret Atwood

Haruki Murakami

Kasuo Ishiguro

Ian McEwan

Salman Rushdie

Julian Barnes

Sebastian Faulks

So who have I missed out? And what would your choices be?

6 thoughts on “So who is the greatest living writer?

  1. Intriguing question, Opher! I’m trying to distinguish “the best” from “my favorites”, but I’m not sure I can. I tend to think Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, and Joe Hill are among SOME of the best authors in the business today. I do have a bias toward strange fiction and horror. I suppose Karl Ove Knausgard is doing some interesting things too.

    1. You know Tylor you have highlighted two issues.
      All views on writing are subjective. So ‘the best’ and ‘my favourites’ might mean the same thing?
      You have also highlighted the issue of genre writing. I did consider Stephen King for my list. I do enjoy his books. I haven’t read the other three. I will have to check them out.
      Thanks Tylor.

  2. I have to admit that I love Stephen King books. But, I enjoy cozy mysteries and have read many by people I have never heard of and greatly enjoyed them. Cozy mysteries are light reading but enjoyable (to me at least) and Amanda Lee has a whole series I like. The Embroidery Mystery series.

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