Recommended by the 2021 Booker Shortlisted Authors

By The Booker Prizes

By The Booker Prizes

Burntcoat

Sarah Hall

£12.99 £12.08

Recommended by Damon Galgut, author of 'The Promise': "Sarah Hall’s new novel, Burntcoat, is a slim book with a powerful punch. No doubt a new genre of lockdown fiction is about to burst upon us, and Sarah Hall is in the vanguard with this unsettling and beautifully composed story, set in a world that’s half-familiar, half-strange."

Sag Harbor

Colson Whitehead

£9.99 £9.29

Recommended by Maggie Shipstead, author of 'Great Circle': "I closed out my summer reading with a book that captures the season: Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead. I loved the specificity of time and place and the humor and humanity of the voice."

Star Maker

Olaf Stapledon

£8.99 £8.36

Recommended by Richard Powers, author of 'Bewilderment': "Maybe the bewildering book that I read while working on Bewilderment was Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker. Written in the 1930s, it tells of an Englishman who is out walking in the fields one night when he is swept up and sent out across the length of the universe. The book makes no attempt at characterization or psychology, and its plot is pretty much nonexistent. It is simply a raw, unrelenting speculation on the affordances and meaning of life. Kim Stanley Robinson said that every page had enough material to be spun into its own novel. Arthur C. Clarke called it “probably the most powerful work of imagination ever written.” It may be the weirdest and wildest book ever to come out of the British Isles."

Assembly

Natasha Brown

£12.99 £12.08

Recommended by Patricia Lockwood, author of 'No One is Talking About This': "I’m currently reading Natasha Brown’s Assembly — I did an event with her last month for the Edinburgh Book Festival, and was so intrigued by the sharp, poetic excerpt she read that I sought out a copy immediately afterwards."

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

William James

£10.99 £10.22

Recommended by Anuk Arudpragasam, author of 'A Passage North': "I highly recommend William James' Varieties of Religious Experience, part phenomenology of personal religious experience and part philosophical self-help. I loved it so much I wrote two chapters of my dissertation on it."

Barcelona Dreaming

Rupert Thomson

£16.98 £15.79

Recommended by Nadifa Mohamed, author of 'The Fortune Men': "In this time of constrained travel it reminded me of what it is to wake up in a different city, to move around it and be changed by it."

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