Mothering Sunday

by Graham Swift

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Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017.

From the jubilant “You shall go to the ball!” of the preface, and the “Once upon a time” opening, this glorious feminist-hued fable tells of a young woman’s transformation from domestic servant to liberated writer. Sunday, 30th March, 1924. It’s Mothering Sunday and, as is customary, book lover Jane Fairchild has been relieved of her housemaid’s duties. But (in true fairy tale fashion), Jane has no mother to visit, and instead jumps at the chance of enjoying an intimate liaison with her lover. Cue much delicious anticipation: “Her heart had soared. Feast your eyes. A story was beginning". By lunchtime, Jane is alone again, but she leaves her lover’s house feeling “a sudden unexpected freedom”. While tragic news is but a blink away, the disrupted chronology of this exquisitely written novel reveals the storyteller’s life that Jane later carves for herself, with only the tale of this momentous Mothering Sunday left untold to her readers.

With such an abundance of life, soul, sensuality and style packed into less than 150 pages, I can’t recommend this flawless, life-affirming nugget enough. ~ Joanne Owen

The Walter Scott Prize Judges said:
‘It is March 30, 1924. Mothering Sunday. The day that servants were allowed to return to their families.  Jane Fairchild is a housemaid and orphan with no prospect of a visit home but she has a rendezvous, nevertheless.  It is that encounter and its consequences that are described in this short novel by Graham Swift. Jane’s life will never be the same as she begins a journey from servitude to independence. It is a perfect and life-affirming novel.’

Joanne Owen

Mothering Sunday Synopsis

From the Booker-winning author of Last Orders and Waterland comes a long-awaited new novel - It is March 30th 1924. It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold? Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.

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Mothering Sunday Press Reviews

'Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives - the parallel stories - we can never know ...It may just be Swift's best novel yet' Observer

'Mothering Sunday is bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly...Swift's small fiction feels like a masterpiece' Guardian

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ISBN: 9781471155246
Publication date: 09/03/2017
Publisher: Scribner UK an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781471155239
Publication date: 25/02/2016
Publisher: Scribner UK an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471155246
Publication date: 9th March 2017
Author: Graham Swift
Publisher: Scribner UK an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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. Author photo © Ekko von Schwichow

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