The Booker Prize 2021 Shortlist
The UK’s most prestigious award for fiction in English, the Booker Prize has been a benchmark for outstanding literary excellence for over five decades. The 2021 shortlist is a fitting reflection of an extraordinary year, tackling subjects ranging from the corrosive effects of prejudice and violence to the pitfalls of social media and the indelible need for human connection.
The winner will be crowned on Wednesday 3 November.
One man’s journey through the vividly realised landscape of Sri Lanka’s troubled north in search of answers becomes a voyage into memory and trauma in this illuminating novel that confronts, with great insight and sensitivity, the legacy of the Sri Lankan civil war for communities, individuals and a nation’s divided cultural identity.
Set during four funerals across four decades, Galgut’s panoramic study of one white South African family’s tribulations foregrounds the intimately personal in the epic narrative of a rapidly changing nation.
A powerful meditation on the value of human connection, poet Patricia Lockwood’s mordantly funny debut novel explores the pitfalls of social media in an entirely original fashion.
A sobering examination of prejudice, justice and the dispensability of truth, The Fortune Men tells the story of Mahmood, a chancer and petty criminal who finds himself wrongfully charged for murder in 1950s Cardiff.
The Longlist 2021
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