The 2021 Booker Prize longlist

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Por The Booker Prizes

A Passage North

Anuk Arudpragasam

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

鈥楢 Passage North is quiet by serendipity, possessing its power not on its face, but in hidden, subterranean places. It has a simple conceit which revolves around the philosophy of the present as a disease of the past. It is in subverting our sense of time and even of how a story should be told that this novel achieves its strongest effect and strikes an indelible mark on the reader鈥檚 soul.鈥

Second Place: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021

Rachel Cusk

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

鈥榃e were astounded by Cusk鈥檚 slim volume, which teems with questions about art, love and what it takes to live a free life, told in exquisite prose and with a forensic eye for social observation. And there are moments of farce in Second Place that will make you laugh out loud (or squirm in your seat).鈥

The Promise: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021 and a BBC Between the Covers Big Jubilee Read Pick

Damon Galgut

16,98 鈧 15,79 鈧

鈥楾he Promise is a testament to the flourishing of the novel in the 21st century. Here, nothing is as it seems. The standard narrative logic of an omniscient narrator is here expanded and reinvented to create an eye so intrusive its gaze is totally untrammelled. It is through these eyes that the fate of a white South African family burdened with old lives, old wounds, crimes against humanity, dark history, and misreckonings, becomes, cumulatively, the fate of South Africa itself.鈥

The Sweetness of Water: Longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize

Nathan Harris

18,98 鈧 17,65 鈧

鈥楾his debut novel astonished us as much for its wise, lyrical voice as for its dense realisation of a fictional small town in the American South at a rarely written-about moment, the immediate aftermath of the Civil War. We were incredibly impressed by the way it probes themes of trans-historical importance鈥攁bout race, sexuality, violence, and grief鈥攖hrough meticulously-drawn characters and a patient examination of their relationships.鈥

Klara and the Sun: The Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year

Kazuo Ishiguro

20,00 鈧 18,60 鈧

鈥榃hat stays with you in Klara and the Sun is the haunting narrative voice 鈥 a genuinely innocent, ego-less perspective on the strange behaviour of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear. This is a fiction that not only asks in general about the nature of consciousness and personal dignity but presses home the assumptions we make about how we value some consciousnesses more than others and how we make others serve the cause of our survival.鈥

An Island

Karen Jennings

9,99 鈧 9,29 鈧

鈥楢n Island concerns itself with lives lived on the margins, through the story of a man who has exiled himself from the known world only to find himself called to the service of others, themselves exiled from the world by cruelty and circumstance. It is on these grounds that this writer deftly constructs a moving, transfixing novel of loss, political upheaval, history, identity, all rendered in majestic and extraordinary prose.鈥

A Town Called Solace: 'Will break your heart' Graham Norton

Mary Lawson

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

鈥楾his deftly-structured novel draws together the stories of three people at three different stages in life, each of whom is grappling with loss. We were captivated by A Town Called Solace鈥檚 beautifully paced, compassionate, sometimes wry examination of small-town lives.鈥

No One Is Talking About This: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021 and the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

Patricia Lockwood

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

鈥楬ow does the relentlessly self-ironising and unserious language of the social media adept deal with the actualities of ordinary, terrible human suffering? Can influencers find any words for loss? No One is Talking About This is a brilliantly funny book about tragedy and survival. It never takes itself seriously; it never takes seriously its own lack of seriousness either. A very uncomfortable book, which makes its fundamental and simple compassion all the more powerful.鈥

The Fortune Men: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Of The Year Award

Nadifa Mohamed

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

鈥楻acial diversity is seldom if ever a plain binary opposition. The Fortune Men is a wonderful evocation of a particularly rich diversity, the many-faceted life of dockland Cardiff in the 1950s. Each cultural voice is drawn out richly and sympathetically. But the story is rightly dominated by a single, shocking instance of legal violence against an individual. A reminder that the scars of the murderous effects of routine and unquestioned racism are not quickly healed, and shouldn't be.鈥

Bewilderment: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021

Richard Powers

18,98 鈧 17,65 鈧

鈥榃e were very moved by Bewilderment, which follows a widowed astrobiologist and his young son as they find their way in a world that has cast the boy as aberrant. (鈥淚 wanted to tell the man that everyone alive [鈥 was on the spectrum. That鈥檚 what a spectrum is.鈥) Powers thrills us with intricate scientific ideas even as he inhabits the consciousness of the grieving, non-neurotypical child 鈥 and shows us the loneliness and complexity involved in parenting him.鈥

China Room: The heartstopping and beautiful novel, longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021

Sunjeev Sahota

16,98 鈧 15,79 鈧

鈥榃eaving together two timelines and two continents, China Room struck us as a brilliant twist on the novel of immigrant experience, considering in subtle and moving ways the trauma handed down from one generation to the next. In crisp, clean prose, and with a dash of melodramatic action, Sahota turns these heavy themes into something filled with love, hope and humour.鈥

Great Circle: The soaring and emotional novel, Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021 and Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2022

Maggie Shipstead

18,98 鈧 17,65 鈧

鈥榃e were blown away by the ambition and epic sweep of this beautifully written novel about the doomed fictional aviatrix Marian Graves and a Hollywood actress cast in her biopic decades later. We felt that we knew these people and found ourselves comparing the experience of reading it to that of reading some of the great novels of the 19th century. Yet, Great Circle is fresh and utterly unusual.鈥

Light Perpetual: 'Heartbreaking . . . a boundlessly rich novel.' Telegraph

Francis Spufford

16,98 鈧 15,79 鈧

鈥楲ight Perpetual opens with a bang 鈥 a V2 rocket hits a Woolworths in South London in 1944, killing five children 鈥 and continues with an arresting counterfactual. What if they had lived? An absorbing chronicle of the five鈥檚 possible trajectories into old age, the novel made us reflect on the contingencies in every human life, and the purpose of fiction itself.鈥