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Simon & Schuster
|Number of Pages||480 Pages|
These twenty-five new stories mark Graham Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels and confirm him as a master storyteller. They unite into a richly peopled vision of a country that is both a crucible of history and a maze of contemporary confusions. Meet Dr. Shah who has never been to India and Mrs. Kaminski, on her way to Poland via A and E, meet Holly and Polly who have come to their own Anglo - Irish understanding and Lily Hobbs, married to a shirt, Charlie and Don who have seen the docks turn into Docklands, Mr. Wilkinson the weirdo next door, Daisy Baker who is terrified of Yorkshire and Johnny Dewhurst, stranded on ex-moor. Graham Swift steers us effortlessly from the civil war to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography. In doing so he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy.
About the Author
Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of nine acclaimed novels, a collection of short stories and making an elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry and reflections on his life in writing. With waterland he won the guardian fiction prize and with last orders the booker prize. Both novels have since been made into films. Graham Swift's work has appeared in over thirty languages.