Bright Young Things

12 authors who made a splash before they turned 35

Many writers have to wait at least half a lifetime for critical acclaim. But some, like these wunderkinds, blow everybody clear out of the water by publishing remarkable works at a time when most of their peers are still trying to figure out what to do with their lives. 

Everything is Illuminated cover

1. Everything is Illuminated

Jonathan Safran Foer

2. Bonjour Tristesse

Francoise Sagan

3. Boxer, Beetle

Ned Beauman
Hideous Kinky cover

4. Hideous Kinky

Esther Freud
After You'd Gone cover

5. After You'd Gone

Maggie O'Farrell
Apples cover

8. Apples

Richard Milward
White Teeth by Zadie Smith

9. White Teeth

Zadie Smith
Less Than Zero cover

10. Less Than Zero

Bret Easton Ellis
Frankenstein

12. Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust