The Reading List’s Books of the Year for 2021
In case you missed it, The Reading List’s editors put together a selection of key 2021 reads, including our Book of the Year, over on The Daily Maverick.
‘If I disappeared, I’d expect my children to search for me high and low. A mother disappearing goes against the laws of nature. Fathers disappear all the time; it’s their specialty.’
The Lost Language of the Soul by Mandla Langa is our book of the year. One of South Africa’s most highly regarded authors, Langa’s latest is possibly his best. Lost Language tells the story of teenager Joseph Mabaso, the son of a freedom fighter, a boy used to his father’s long absences. But when his mother disappears, he knows that something is terribly wrong. Not for nothing did acclaimed author Zoë Wicomb call this book ‘a tremendous achievement’. Get a copy, stat.
Our list also includes Editors’ picks, Crime for the beach, Graphic novels to lose yourself in, Overlooked gems and that one bucket list title that you can’t go into 2022 not having read!