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England and Other Stories - Graham Swift

England and Other Stories - Graham Swift

Title: England and Other Stories

Author:  Graham Swift

ISBN:  9781471137396

Weight:  725g

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England and Other Stories by Graham Swift

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&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 Exmoor.

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.

Binding these stories together is Swift’s affectionate but unflinching instinct for the story of us all: an evocation of that mysterious body that is a nation deepened by the palpable sense of our individual bodies finding or losing their way in the nationless territory of birth, growing up, sex, ageing and death

Peer & Press Reviews

A coherent, powerful statement about English ways of life and death…  This is a collection, at once elegant, humble, and humane, that makes you sad that the Man Booker overlooks the form.

Independent on Sunday

Swift has involved us in real, lived lives.

John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Ancient Light

His particular brilliance lies in his ability to capture the expressiveness of the inarticulate.  He does so with an empathy that can move the reader to tears.

Times Literary Supplement

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Attribute Details
Title: England and Other Stories
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Dark blue boards with white text on spine, pale blue and white decorative head and tail bands.  Endpapers have a sky blue-to-pale blue gradient.
Jacket features: Matt laminate finish with high-gloss UV highlights.
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine – some inconsequential pushing to spine ends
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Awards and prizes: I Live Alone (a story from the book) was longlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781471137396
ISBN 10: 1471137392
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 274
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 160 x 28mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Janus van den Eijnden
Jacket image: Beachy Head, 1939 (watercolour), Eric Ravilious (1903-42) / Private Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library

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