The best literary fiction of 2021
With highly acclaimed debuts from fresh new voices to celebrations of hilarious literary classics, 2021 is set to be a remarkable year for literature. We look forward to the most exciting new literary fiction of 2021, round up the best literary books of 2020 and recommend some of the best literary fiction of all time.
The world of literary fiction certainly started 2021 with a bang, with Raven Leilani's razor-sharp debut novel Luster publishing to huge acclaim and Helen Fielding’s seminal novel Bridget Jones’s Diary celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. But the literary scene has shown no signs of slowing down as we enter the second half of the year. . .
Read on for our curated list of the most exciting literary fiction of 2021 so far (and the highly anticipated reads still to come), the best literary books of 2020 and our all-time literary must-reads.
For even more inspiration, don't miss our edit of the best fiction books.
Best new literary fiction of 2021
‘We were bowled over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love. ’The judges of the Booker Prize on Douglas Stuart's unmissable debut, Shuggie Bain
‘Elizabeth Macneal’s marvellous debut, The Doll Factory, was a bestselling success. This second book, beautifully written and filled with character and life, cements her reputation as a new talent.’The Times on Elizabeth Macneal
‘In this cutting, hot-blooded book, the entanglements that unfold are as complicated as they are heartbreaking.’New Statesman on Raven Leilani's, Luster
The best literary fiction of 2020
‘I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami’s novella Breasts and Eggs . . . breathtaking . . . Mieko Kawakami is always ceaselessly growing and evolving.’Haruki Murakami on Mieko Kawakami's, Breasts and Eggs
Best literary fiction of all time
In this episode of Book Break Emma shares her recommendations for the best new literary fiction.