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International Booker Prize 2021

The International Booker Prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works of imagination from all over the world, and to give greater recognition to the role of translators. These 6 books have been chosen by the judges as the 2021 shortlist. Find out more about the list. Let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and @TheBookerPrizes.

When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut, and Adrian Nathan West
The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century by Olga Ravn, and Martin Aitken
The War of the Poor by Eric Vuillard, and Mark Polizzotti
In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, and Sasha Dugdale
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez, and Megan McDowell
At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, and Anna Moschovakis

Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring fiction by women. The Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English from throughout the world. These 16 novels have been chosen by the judges as the 2021 longlist. Find out more about the list. Let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and @womensprize.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Vanishing Half: from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A powerful, heart-wrenching novel of the other side of an island paradise by Cherie Jones
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
No One Is Talking About This: 'A literary star' Guardian by Patricia Lockwood

Books for Pride

It’s Pride Month so together with the team at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon, we’ve put together a special reading list celebrating LGBTQ+ voices and stories. Some of the writers have appeared at the Salon and others are folks they’d loved to welcome. The stories are as diverse as our community and we hope they inspire and uplift you. There are some great picks from Damian Barr and lots more! Check out the booklist on Let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency.

My Policeman: Soon to be a film starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin by Bethan Roberts
The Color Purple: The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
Amateur: A Reckoning With Gender, Identity and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee
People in Trouble by Sarah Schulman
An Ordinary Wonder by Buki Papillon
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
The Prophets: a New York Times Bestseller by Robert Jones Jr.
All the Young Men: How One Woman Risked It All To Care For The Dying by Ruth Coker Burks
Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

Themed booklists

We’ve collected together some of our previous booklists on a variety of themes and topics. Take a look to find your next read.

Climate Change
Books of the Year
Non-fiction November 2019
NaNoWriMo – Debuts of 2019
Food, Glorious Food
Space Chase
Changemaker Reads
Side-splitting Stories
Dementia friendly booklist from Wendy Mitchell
All The World’s a Stage
International Women’s Day
Lasting Letters
Tall Tales
International Migrants Day
Books of the Year 2018
Inspiration for NaNoWriMo: Debuts of 2018
Non-fiction November
Spooky Reads
Summer 2018
Book to film adaptations
Inspirational Women
Pride 2018
Books of the Year 2017
Debuts of 2017
STEM Non-Fiction
A splash of colour for a grey day
Science fiction from the last twenty years
Women in translation
Hot, hot, hot!
Books to make you laugh and cry
Travel books
Romance reads without the cheese
Marmite reads
Back to school
City vs. Country

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