2021 Booker Prize Longlist

July 28, 2021 | Book Buzz

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For readers, the release of the Booker Prize longlist is always exciting. Today's longlist celebrates great writers with long track records. Kazuo Ishiguro won the award in 1989 for Remains of the Day and Rachel Cusk, Damon Galgut, Mary Lawson, Richard Powers and Sunjeev Sahota have each received nominations previously. It is also provides an introduction to new authors. This year two debut novels are listed. The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris is a historical novel about the Civil War. Poet and memoirist Patricia Lockwood has been nominated for her first novel, No One is Talking About This

Two Canadian authors, Mary Lawson and Rachel Cusk, have been nominated this year. 


Bewilderment by Richard Powers

China room

China Room by Sunjeev Sahota

Great circle

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Klara and the sun

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Light perpetual

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

No one is talking about this

No One is Talking about This by Patricia Lockwood

A passage north

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

The promise

The Promise by Damon Galgut

Second place

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

Sweetness of water

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris 

Town called solace

A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

Two of the nominated books are not yet available in Canada. We will add them to the collection as soon as we can. 

  1. The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
  2. The Island by Karen Jennings


Anuk Arudpragasam, author of A Passage North, will be appearing at Toronto Public Library on August 4, 2021. Sign up now to receive a reminder or learn more.

The Booker Prize shortlist will be released on September 14 and the winner will be revealed on November 3, 2021.

We also have lists of the winners, shortlists and longlists from previous years of the Booker Prize.