A British translator, especially one living abroad, must always keep abreast of language as it is spoken and written in contemporary Britain. So for me, British English is something I have to read now and again, to keep me attuned to current usage.
One pleasant way of doing this, apart from watching British TV, is to read novels. I have a couple of novels from this last decade on my shelves: "South of the River" by Blake Morrison, and "The Line of Beauty" by Alan Hollinghurst.
Would anyone here recommend these, or any other novels written in Britain during the first years of this millennium? The type of novel I'm looking for is one which involves society as it is now, something Jonathan Coe used to be a decade or two ago. I'm looking for authors of either gender who "live in the real world" in modern-day Britain and describe it from a social or political angle. So no neo-Tolkien, magical realism, or sci-fi, but a fairly realist approach to life in town and country. And all the usual problem nodes of British society.