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The Illuminations - Andrew O'Hagan

The Illuminations - Andrew O'Hagan

Title: The Illuminations

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Andrew O'Hagan

ISBN:  9780571273645

Weight:  731 g



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The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan

Standing one evening at the window of her house by the sea, Anne Quirk sees a rabbit disappearing in the snow.  Nobody remembers her now, but this elderly woman was in her youth a pioneer of British documentary photography.

Her beloved grandson, Luke, now a captain with the Royal Western Fusiliers, is on a tour of duty in Afghanistan, part of a convoy taking equipment to the electricity plant at Kajaki.  Only when Luke returns home to Scotland does Anne’s secret story begin to emerge, along with his, and they set out for an old guest house in Blackpool where she once kept a room.

How much do we keep from the people we love?  Why is the truth so often buried in secrets?  Can we learn from the past or must we forget it?

The Illuminations, Andrew O’Hagan's fifth novel, is a beautiful, deeply charged story about love and memory, about modern war and the complications of fact.

Peer & Press Reviews

You could argue (as I would) that only in fiction as good as this will you find war, sex, nationalism and the care of the elderly, truthfully handled.  The Illuminations is a novel which validates the greatness of fiction in hands as masterly as Andrew O’Hagan.  Read it and see what I mean.

John Sutherland, The Times

[Andrew O’Hagan’s] impressive new novel… moves with bold, imaginative daring and a troubled intensity between men at war and women with their children, between Scotland and Afghanistan, between photography and fiction, and between memory and secrets… it is using the real world to ask real, difficult and important questions: about how the truth gets reshaped and rearranged, and about whether, under every kind of circumstance, it is possible to be true to yourself.

Hermione Lee, The Guardian

The Illuminations is a book at once both tender and ambitious.  In the writing of it, O’Hagan has cast a shimmering light on love and memory, life and loss and on the secrets we keep from those closest to us, sometimes even from ourselves.

Elizabeth Day, The Observer

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Illuminations
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Dark blue cover with silver-coloured text on spine, duck egg blue endpapers.
Jacket features: Embossed author and title text and a Book at Bedtime sticker on its front - see image.  (As the jacket has a matt laminate finish, we do not advise removing the sticker as this is likely to cause a sticker ghost blemish.)
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Awards and prizes: Man Booker Prize 2015 – longlist
Media adaptation: BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime (ten 15-minute episodes, Mon - Fri at 10:45pm, from 02 Feb 2015)
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780571273645
ISBN 10: 0571273645
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 293
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 28mm
Design Credits
Jacket design: Kid-ethic
Jacket photography: Dave Eva

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