Booker Prize Longlist 2021

I know you all love a list, and this blog did start to track the Booker Prize (and due to various reasons morphed into something completely different). So today, here are the longlisted titles for the 2021 Booker Prize.

‘A Passage North’ by Anuk Arudpragasam

‘Second Place’ by Rachel Cusk

‘The Promise’ by Damon Galgut

‘The Sweetness of Water’ by Nathan Harris

‘Klara and the Sun’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

‘An Island’ by Karen Jennings

‘A Town Called Solace’ by Mary Lawson

‘No One is Talking About This’ by Patricia Lockwood

‘The Fortune Men’ by Nadifa Mohamed

‘Bewilderment’ by Richard Powers

‘China Room’ by Sunjeev Sahota

‘Great Circle’ by Maggie Shipstead

‘Light Perpetual’ by Francis Spufford

The thirteen longlisted titles come from 158 submissions. The award is open to novels, written in English, published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021, which means there are still titles unavailable to the reading public.

The shortlist will be announced on 14 September, before the winner is announced on 3 November.

Not too sure I’ll get to any of these myself (although a couple of titles have appealed for a little while so never say never – hint, one of them I’ve used as the header photo).

Happy reading list lovers.

5 thoughts on “Booker Prize Longlist 2021

  1. Thank you!

    On Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 7:59 PM Messenger’s Booker (and more) wrote:

    > tonymess12 posted: ” I know you all love a list, and this blog did start > to track the Booker Prize (and due to various reasons morphed into > something completely different). So today, here are the longlisted titles > for the 2021 Booker Prize. ‘A Passage North’ by Anuk A” >

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  2. I didn’t even give this list a second thought until I saw that Damon Galgut’s The Promise was on it. This book as received little attention in my literary circles but it is so good, such a brilliant narrative voice. This is third Booker nod and who knows? He never seems to garner the attention he deserves, perhaps because what he writes is too subtle for the Booker crowd, and besides he’s such a quiet, modest writer (no flamboyant manners or shocking scandals).
    I am moderately curious about A Passage North so I’ll be interested to see what you think if you take it on.

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    • I’ve read ‘The Good Doctor’, many years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. His latest was one I was thinking of reading, and now I have your nod I’ll definitely put it on the TBR pile. Will let you know about the Anuk Arudpragasam

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  3. By coincidence i acquired a copy of ‘A Passage North” – the local bookshop has a box of books they invite customers to take for free. They are all advanced copies so can’t be sold. Each is in an anonymous brown bag so you can’t see whats inside. All you get is the genre, setting and a theme. I went for the one described as fiction, travel, war, Sri Lanka. And then here it pops up on the booker list.

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