Booker prize 2021

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Best fiction of 2021
Dazzling debuts, a word-of-mouth hit, plus this year’s bestsellers from Sally Rooney, Jonathan Franzen, Kazuo Ishiguro and more

Justine Jordan

04, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘How do you give up privilege?’: Damon Galgut on his Booker-winning novel
In The Promise, Galgut chronicles the decline of post-apartheid South Africa through four funerals over 40 years

Lisa Allardice

05, Nov, 2021 @4:53 PM

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Inside the Booker Prize: arguments, agonies and carefully encouraged scandals
The long read: Its knack for creating tension and controversy has helped it remain an energising force in publishing for more than 50 years – but how do writers, publishers and judges cope with the annual agony of the Booker?

Charlotte Higgins

05, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Analysis: the 2021 Booker shortlist tunes in to the worries of our age
Alex Clark weighs up the urgent concerns of the six novels in the running for Britain’s most prestigious fiction award

Alex Clark

14, Sep, 2021 @4:28 PM

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Nadifa Mohamed is sole British writer to make Booker prize shortlist
The author of The Fortune Men will now compete with five other novelists from South Africa, Sri Lanka and the US for the 2021 award

Alison Flood

14, Sep, 2021 @3:25 PM

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An Island by Karen Jennings review – stranger on the shore
Longlisted for the Booker prize, Jennings’s tale of a lighthouse keeper and an uninvited guest grapples with colonialism and the plight of refugees

Hephzibah Anderson

12, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Anuk Arudpragasam: ‘There’s a lot of laughter in my life, but not when I read’
The novelist, whose A Passage North has been longlisted for the Booker prize, on being inspired by Descartes and the influence of Robert Musil

Anuk Arudpragasam

13, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘I’ve been poor for a long time’: after many rejections, Karen Jennings is up for the Booker
The South African author struggled to find a publisher for her Booker-nominated novel An Island, which only had a print-run of 500 copies. She talks about rejection, her country and believing in herself

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

05, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Rachel Cusk’s singular novel stands out on wide-ranging Booker longlist
Second Place is both timeless and up-to-the minute, with big names Richard Powers and Kazuo Ishiguro among strong international finalists

Justine Jordan

27, Jul, 2021 @6:01 AM

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Booker prize reveals globe-spanning longlist of ‘engrossing stories’
Kazuo Ishiguro makes cut alongside Rachel Cusk and Richard Powers, and novels from Sri Lanka and South Africa compete with choices from the US and UK

Alison Flood

26, Jul, 2021 @11:01 PM

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