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The Booker Prize 2021

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04 November 2021

The Booker Prize for Fiction 2021 


The Booker Prize for Fiction 2021 was announced on 3 November. Damon Galgut won with his novel The Promise. This is his third book shortlisted for The Booker Prize for Fiction, but the first time won. The Promise is set in South Africa during the country’s transition out of apartheid. It explores the interconnected relationships between the members of a diminishing white family through the sequential lens of four funerals.


We have collated a booklist with all the 2021 Booker Prize shortlists that Essex Library Services has available to reserve and borrow. Happy reading!


Collection of book covers from the 2021 Booker Prize for Fiction longlist. 




The Promise by David Galgut. Reserve it now.


A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam. Reserve it now.

No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. Reserve it now.

The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed. Reserve it now.

Bewilderment by Richard Powers. Reserve it now.

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead. Reserve it now.


China Room by Sunjeev Sahato. Reserve it now.

A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson. Reserve it now.

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford. Reserve it now.

Second Place by Rachel Cusk. Reserve it now.

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris. Reserve it now.

Klara and the Sun by Kazou Ishiguro. Reserve it now.

An Island by Karen Jennings. Reserve it now.


Collection of book covers from the 2021 Booker Prize for International Fiction longlist.



At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop. Reserve it now.


The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez. Reserve it now.

When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut. Reserve it now.

The Employees by Olga Ravn. Reserve it now.

In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova. Reserve it now.

The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard. Reserve it now.


I Live in the Slums: Stories by Can Xue. Reserve it now.

Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý. Reserve it now.

Minor Detail by Adania Shibli. Reserve it now.

An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky. Reserve it now.

The Perfect Nine by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. Reserve it now.

The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili. Reserve it now.

Summer Brother by Jaap Robben. Reserve it now.