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 Grief Observed

By CS Lewis

Selected by Anna Vaught


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

By Dave Eggers

Selected by Lorette C. Luzajic


A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

Selected by Louise Burgess


A Manual for Heartache

By Cathy Rentzenbrink

Selected by Katt Thompson


A Scattering

By Christopher Reid

Selected by R.E McAuliffe


A Sport and a Pastime

By James Salter

Selected by Rishi Dastidar


A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini

Selected by Sanmeet Kaur


All The Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

Selected by Louise Mangos


Alone in Berlin

By Hans Fallada

Selected by Emma Venables


Beastings

By Benjamin Myers

Selected by Liam Brown


Beautiful Losers

By Leonard Cohen

Selected by Erkembode


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


Dawn (Xenogenesis Trilogy I)

By Octavia Butler

Selected by Clementine Ewokolo Burnley


Detour

By Michael Brodsky

Selected by Clyde Liffey


Do Not Say We Have Nothing

By Madeleine Thien

Selected by Melissa Fu


Enter with Trumpets

By Helen Henley

Selected by Alex Donaghy


Expecting Something Else

By AM O'Malley

Selected by Tessa Torgeson


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


H is for Hawk

By Helen MacDonald

Selected by Deb Scudder


H(a)ppy

By Nicola Barker

Selected by Amanda Oosthuizen


Her Father’s Daughter

By Marie Sizun

Selected by Lisa Kiew


High Flight

By John Gillespie Magee

Selected by Sarah Wallis


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


Insomniac City

By Bill Hayes

Selected by Heidi James


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


Lotus Gatherers

By Amali Rodrigo

Selected by Hideko Sueoka


Lunar Park

By Bret Easton Ellis

Selected by Max Dunbar


Mama Amazonica

By Pascale Petit

Selected by Georgina Norie


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


More Than You Were

By Christina Thatcher

Selected by David Hanlon


More Than You Were

By Christina Thatcher

Selected by Abeer Ameer


Mrs Hemmingway

By Naomi Wood

Selected by Chimene Suleyman


Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

By Elizabeth Taylor

Selected by M John Harrison


My Year of Rest and Relaxation

By Ottessa Moshfegh

Selected by Blakeley Bartee


Never Let Me Go

By Kazuo Ishiguro

Selected by Marija Smits


No One Belongs Here More Than You

By Miranda July

Selected by E. Amato


Olive Kitteridge

By Elizabeth Strout

Selected by Tabitha Siklos


Reading The Remove of Literature

By Nick Thurston.

Selected by Imogen Reid


Remainder

By Tom McCarthy

Selected by Max Wilkinson


Reservoir 13

By Jon McGregor

Selected by Jason Jackson


Riot

By Shashi Tharoor

Selected by Susmita Bhattacharya


Sad Book

By Michael Rose, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Selected by Imogen Russell Williams


SEAM

By Tarfia Faizullah

Selected by Mohammad Shafiqul Islam


Sour Heart

By Jenny Zhang

Selected by Marni Appleton


Stoner

By John Williams

Selected by Mike Ferguson


Stranger, Baby

By Emily Berry

Selected by Len Lukowski


Tess of the d’Urbervilles

By Thomas Hardy

Selected by Roberta Gould


That They May Face the Rising Sun

By John McGahern

Selected by R.M. Clarke


The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

Selected by Joshua Bealson


The Arrival

By Shaun Tan

Selected by Michelle Thomas


The Blind Assassin

By Margaret Atwood

Selected by Olga Dermott-Bond


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 Complete Stories

By Amy Hempel

Selected by Ben Gwalchmai


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 Fault in Our Stars

By John Green

Selected by Kristin LaFollette


The Five People You Meet in Heaven

By Mitch Albom

Selected by Rachel Hawkins


The Fortress of Solitude

By Jonathan Lethem

Selected by Linda Mannheim


The Guest Cat

By Takashi Hiraide

Selected by Vivienne Burgess


The Heart and The Bottle

By Oliver Jeffers

Selected by Malcolm Devlin


The Lies We Tell

By Mahendra Solanki

Selected by Di Slaney


The Metaphysical Touch

By Sylvia Brownrigg

Selected by Nicki Hastie


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 Sense of an Ending

By Julian Barnes

Selected by Ben Reynolds


The Shock of the Fall

By Nathan Filer

Selected by Natalia Spencer


The Spectre of Alexander Wolf

By Gaito Gazdanov

Selected by Tadhg Muller


The Stranger

By Albert Camus

Selected by Alberto Ramirez


The Tragedy of Fidel Castro

By Joao Cerqueira

Selected by Sean Preston


The Unfortunates

By BS Johnson

Selected by Gareth E Rees


The Yellow Birds

By Kevin Powers

Selected by Lynne E Blackwood


Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston

Selected by Alexandra Cocksworth


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


Wide Sargasso Sea

By Jean Rhys

Selected by Marian Womack