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Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift
  

Wish You Were Here

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A masterly work from one of our greatest writers, told for the first time in the third, rather than the first person. It's a true departure in many ways and is already becoming widely acclaimed as one of his finest novels yet. Wish You Were Here is both a gripping account of things that touch and test our human core and a resonant novel about a changing England. Rich with a sense of the intimate and the local, it is also, inescapably, about a wider, afflicted world. Moving towards an almost unbearably tense climax, it allows us to feel the stuff of headlines - the return of a dead soldier from a foreign war - as heart-wrenching personal truth.

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Synopsis

Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift

On an autumn day in 2006, on the Isle of Wight, Jack Luxton, former Devon farmer and now the proprietor of a seaside caravan park, receives the news that his soldier brother Tom, not seen for years, has been killed in Iraq. For Jack and his wife Ellie this will have a potentially catastrophic impact. For Jack in particular it means a crucial journey-to receive his brother's remains, but also into his own most secret, troubling memories and into the land of his and Ellie's past.

Reviews

Reviews from the UK:
Like its predecessors, most notably Waterland and Last Orders, Wish You Were Here is a book of quiet emotional integrity . . . The novel expertly explores the poignant contrast between irrepressible human hope and the constraints within which we live our finite lives.
-- The Times
An extraordinary novel . . . Novelists, being on the whole brainy people, like to write about brainy people, or make their characters better with words than they would be in real life . . . But as Swift's novels so brilliantly prove, just because someone doesn't have a way with words doesn't mean they can't experience deep emotion, or be powerfully moved by the forces of history and time . . . I doubt there is a better novelist than Swift for this kind of story.
-- Evening Standard

Like Ian McEwan's Saturday, or Sebastian Faulks's A Week in December, this novel draws on events from the news pages . . . But this emotionally complex novel is no


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

3rd June 2011

Author

Graham Swift

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
368 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330535830

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