Below are my notes on each of the thirteen novels longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. They were originally published weekly, between the announcement of the longlist on 27 Jul 2021, and the final award ceremony on 3 Nov 2021.
NB. The pieces linked below often discuss the entire book; proceed at risk of spoilers.
Anuk Arudpragasam — A Passage North
Rachel Cusk — Second Place
Damon Galgut — The Promise
Nathan Harris — The Sweetness of Water
Kazuo Ishiguro — Klara and the Sun
Karen Jennings — An Island
Mary Lawson — A Town Called Solace
Patricia Lockwood — No One Is Talking About This
Nadifa Mohamed — The Fortune Men
Richard Powers — Bewilderment
Sunjeev Sahota — China Room
Maggie Shipstead — Great Circle
Francis Spufford — Light Perpetual