Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel recently picked up the Man Booker Prize for Literaturethanks to her novel Bring Up The Bodies, the sequel to her Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall. The novel depicts the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell during the time of Henry VIII. Mantel has been writing since the 1970s and her penchant for historical fiction has been a constant trend in her work. Her literary career has flourished since the 1980s and she's gone on to write her own memoir as well as being a critic of literature and film for papers such as The Guardian.
Mo Yan Mo Yan is the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature , more than earning his spot on this list as a distinguished writer. Though he wasn't singled out for any particular work in 2012, it was his body of work that was commended, ranging from his Red Sorghum Collection to his most recent novel, Change. Heralded for the way he mixes reality with hallucinatory images, his unconventional writing style and career has often received a lot of attention, particularly due to his affinity for social realism and his obsession with previous Chinese eras. His complex and graphic style are a testament to his accomplished skill as a writer and his recognition this year comes off the back of a successful and acclaimed career.
Jo Walton Jo Walton is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer famed, and included on this list, for her 2011 novel Among Others. The book has won the 2012 Nebula Award , the 2012 Hugo Award and the British Fantasy Award for a Novel. Its recognition and critical success earns the writer a place on the list as one of 2012's best writers. Through a love of science-fiction and role-playing games, Jo Walton began to develop a keen sense of literary style during her teen years, finally having her first novel published in 2000. She holds a strong ability at creating worlds as well as offering reader-friendly services such as posting parts of unfinished novels online for free.
Tracy K. Smith Making her name via her poetry skills, Tracy K. Smith, recipient of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, boasts an impressive imagination which manages to invoke a strong sense of emotion in the reader, a powerful gift in terms of poetry. Born and raised in the USA, Smith has received a plethora of awards, fellowships and grants for her work since graduating Harvard University and continues to advance the notion that she is one of the top poets working today.