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Waterland Picador Classic by Graham Swift
  

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First published in 1983, this is as much a taut thriller as it is a literary masterpiece. Tom Crick is a history teacher in the Fens whose life is falling apart. As he’s forced towards early retirement he decides to depart a little from the syllabus and ‘teach’ his final class his own unique history delving deep into his family’s past to tales of war, murder, love, suicide, teasing out fascinating narratives of the Cricks through the ages even as we learn more about his shattering psyche. Fascinating, evocative, compelling and truly brilliant.

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Synopsis

Waterland Picador Classic by Graham Swift

With an introduction by John Burnside Children, only animals live entirely in the Here and Now. Only nature knows neither memory nor history. But man - let me offer you a definition - is the story-telling animal. Tom Crick is a passionate teacher, but before he is forced into retirement by scandal, he has one last history lesson to deliver: his own. Spanning more than 200 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a visionary tale of England's mysterious Fen country. Taking in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the discovery of a body and a tragic family romance, this is an extraordinary novel about the heartless sweep of history and man's changing place within it. In the years since its first publication in 1983, Waterland has established itself as a much-loved classic of twentieth-century British literature. It was shortlisted for the Booker prize, won the Guardian Fiction Prize and has been adapted into a film starring Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke.

Reviews

'Graham Swift has mapped his Waterland like a new Wessex. He appropriates the Fens as Moby Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors. This is a beautiful, serious and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original.'

- Observer

'Perfectly controlled, superbly written. Waterland is original, compelling and narration of the highest order.'

-Guardian

'A 300-page tour de force ... A burst of exuberant fictive energy.'

-Evening Standard

'Waterland is a formidably intelligent book, animated by an impressive, angry pity at what human creatures are capable of doing to one another in the name of love and need. The most powerful novel I have read for some time.'

- New York Review of Books

About the Author

Graham Swift

Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of nine novels; two collections 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.

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Publication date

1st January 2015

Author

Graham Swift

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
368 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447275503

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