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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.

If you like Graham Swift you might also like to read books by Julian Barnes, A S Byatt and Ian McEwan.

Synopsis

Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift

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

Reviews

He gets to the heart of people ... an extraordinary novel' Evening Standard

'Astonishingly moving' Sunday Express

'Profound and powerful ...an unputdownable read' Scotland on Sunday

'A wonderful writer' Daily Telegraph

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

2nd March 2012

Author

Graham Swift

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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ISBN

9780330535847

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