Judging from what I have on my bookshelves, these are the living novelists whose books I always buy (if not always read).
Not tremendously adventurous, I grant. NO WOMEN. This bothers me somewhat. The botheration is not because I am an ardent feminist - quite obviously I am not. Rather it is because I have tended to maintain that women make better novelists than men (no-one is as good as Jane Austen, not even the Russians), and yet I don't seem to have any female bankers. I have read Mantel, like everyone else. I like Sarah Waters. J.K. Rowling dominated the years of my early fatherhood. Ann Tyler every now and then. Alison Lurie I like and Francine Prose. But these are not Must Haves. Recommendations would be welcome. (NB Can't stand Atwood.)