The author of the Booker Prize-longlisted A Town Called Solace on Alice Munro, the pleasures of pond-watching, and… sticking electrodes onto the chests of hairy steel-workers in Wales.
The Fortune Men, Great Circle, A Town Called Solace, China Room, Bewilderment and The Promise are among the books longlisted this year.
Mary Lawson's first novel, Crow Lake, was loved by critics and readers all over the world; it was translated into 25 languages and published in 28 countries. It was a New York Times bestseller, won the McKitterick Prize and spent 75 weeks on the bestseller lists in her native Canada. Her second novel, The Other Side of the Bridge, was longlisted for the Booker Prize and selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Road Ends, published in 2014, was described by the New York Times as 'tender and surprising . . . a vivid and evocative tale'. A Town Called Solace, published to critical acclaim in February 2021, was an instant bestseller in her native Canada. Mary came to England in the 1960s, and lives in Kingston-upon-Thames. www.marylawson.ca
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