What happened to British fiction after modernism? What sort of thing was the novel at mid-century? This book provides a new literary and historical context for a generation of brilliant writers whose work has been hard to categorize. Arguing that labels such as 'realist' and 'experimental' have failed to do justice to the transitional nature of the mid-century novel, the contributors reveal how writers paid their debts to their modernist predecessors while creating a kind of fiction that was newly sensitive to the 'tired horror', in novelist Elizabeth Taylor's apt phrase, of an age marked by increasing violence and national decline. Bringing together exemplary close readings by academics, writers and critics, British Fiction After Modernism pays a long overdue tribute to those writers who re-shaped the British novel for the postwar generation.