Losslit Canon

For each issue of LossLit, the Editors ask contributors to nominate an existing, published book that they think deserves to be recognised in a new canon of literature driven by loss. We hope to continue to grow this list of books through which our readers can explore the theme at the heart of LossLit’s origins, discovering new writers from around the world as well as re-visiting well-known texts.

A Field Guide To Getting Lost

By Rebecca Solnit

Selected by Amy Liptrot

A Sport and a Pastime

By James Salter

Selected by Rishi Dastidar


By Benjamin Myers

Selected by Liam Brown


By Toni Morrison

Selected by Rachael Smart

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept

By Elizabeth Smart

Selected by Michael C Schuller

Centres of Cataclysm: 50 Years of Modern Poetry in Translation

By Ed. Sasha Dugdale

Selected by Josephine Corcoran

Coast of Chicago

By Stewart Dybek

Selected by Robert James Russell

Enter with Trumpets

By Helen Henley

Selected by Alex Donaghy

Genocide: My Stolen Rwanda

By Révérien Rurangwa

Selected by Emma Jones

His Dark Materials

By Philip Pullman

Selected by Anna Walsh

I Remember Nothing

By Nora Ephron

Selected by Diana Nyakyi

If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

By Sappho

Selected by Tomoé Hill

In the Name of the People

By Lara Pawson

Selected by Penny Schenk

Journey to the End of the Night

By Louis Ferdinand Celine

Selected by Salena Godden

Last Things

By Jenny Offill

Selected by Steve Camden


By Vladimir Nabokov

Selected by Ashley Stokes


By Marcus Aurelius

Selected by Pratheesh Ramachandran

Mendelssohn is on the Roof

By Jiří Weil

Selected by Stephen Hargadon

Mrs Hemmingway

By Naomi Wood

Selected by Chimene Suleyman

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

By Elizabeth Taylor

Selected by M John Harrison

No One Belongs Here More Than You

By Miranda July

Selected by E. Amato

That They May Face the Rising Sun

By John McGahern

Selected by R.M. Clarke

The Arrival

By Shaun Tan

Selected by Michelle Thomas

The Bone People

By Keri Hulme

Selected by Clare Archibald

The Bridge

By Iain Banks

Selected by Andrew Blair

The Fortress of Solitude

By Jonathan Lethem

Selected by Linda Mannheim

The Lies We Tell

By Mahendra Solanki

Selected by Di Slaney

The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy

By Michael McCarthy

Selected by Peter Reason

The Night Rainbow

By Claire King

Selected by Vanessa Gebbie

The Notebook

By Agata Kristof

Selected by Jonny Keyworth

The Other Side of Paradise

By Stacey-Ann Chin

Selected by Sanya Semakula

The Shock of the Fall

By Nathan Filer

Selected by Natalia Spencer

The Tragedy of Fidel Castro

By Joao Cerqueira

Selected by Sean Preston

The Unfortunates

By BS Johnson

Selected by Gareth E Rees

Things To Make And Break

By May-Lan Tan

Selected by Spencer Chou

This Is How You Lose Her

By Junot Diaz

Selected by Chris Beschi


By Libby Hathorn

Selected by Francoise Harvey

Unanimous Night

By Michael Brennan

Selected by Kay Orchison

We, The Drowned

By Carsten Jensen

Selected by Julia Lewis