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 Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

By Dave Eggers

Selected by Lorette C. Luzajic


A Sport and a Pastime

By James Salter

Selected by Rishi Dastidar


All The Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

Selected by Louise Mangos


Beastings

By Benjamin Myers

Selected by Liam Brown


Beloved

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


Detour

By Michael Brodsky

Selected by Clyde Liffey


Enter with Trumpets

By Helen Henley

Selected by Alex Donaghy


Genocide: My Stolen Rwanda

By Révérien Rurangwa

Selected by Emma Jones


God of Small Things

By Arundhati Roy

Selected by Dipika Mukherjee


Grief is the Thing with Feathers

By Max Porter

Selected by Hannah Stevens


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


Le Grand Meaulnes

By Alain-Fournier

Selected by Ian Dudley


Losing the Dead

By Lisa Appignanesi

Selected by Sadie Nott


Lunar Park

By Bret Easton Ellis

Selected by Max Dunbar


Mary

By Vladimir Nabokov

Selected by Ashley Stokes


Meditations

By Marcus Aurelius

Selected by Pratheesh Ramachandran


Mendelssohn is on the Roof

By Jiří Weil

Selected by Stephen Hargadon


Monochords

By Yannis Ritsos

Selected by Sean Burn


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 Body Artist

By Don DeLillo

Selected by Hazem Tagiuri


The Bone People

By Keri Hulme

Selected by Clare Archibald


The Bridge

By Iain Banks

Selected by Andrew Blair


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon)

By Jean-Dominique Bauby

Selected by Jane Roberts


The Existential Detective

By Alice Thompson

Selected by Myriam Frey


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


Thunderwith

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