Monday 26 July 2021
Book Marks

Bookmarks: Monday 26 July, 2021

Another week, another book prize announcement coming up, and for those in some parts of Australia, the prospect of an ongoing lockdown. Books, movies, exercise, work from home, and Facetime, will see us through hopefully.

Currently reading

The Bass Rock, by Evie Wyld.

The Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist of contenders for the 2021 Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday, 27 July, at one minute past midnight BST, or a tick or two after 9AM for those on the east coast of Australia. Last year thirteen titles were included, with six making it through to the shortlist, which in turn will be unveiled on 14 September, 2021.

You have about six weeks to read the longlist titles before then. Do you think you can do that?

Have books, will travel

If you’re in certain parts of Australia at present, leaving the house is problematic, let alone leaving town. But if you can’t go places in person, you can experience them through the writing of others.

Hannah Reich and Kate Evans have put together a list of the work of eight authors, whose books will take to locales real and imagined. Happy travels, I mean, reading.


If you ain’t read the latest IT (IT as in it, not Information Technology) book, well, you simply don’t make the cut. What to do? Read more books. The struggle is real, writes Fleur Morrison, at Readability Australia:

I’m about to start reading The Dictionary of Lost Words and I can’t get into it quickly enough. You see, I suffer from bookish FOMO. I hate hearing about a book that I haven’t read, and enduring months of hearing people around talking or writing about it.

Reviewed last week

In case you missed them, last I wrote about Picnic at Mount Disappointment, by Melissa Bruce, The Nowhere Child, by Christian White, and The Paper House, by Anna Spargo-Ryan.