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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams - Richard Flanagan

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams - Richard Flanagan

Title: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Richard Flanagan

ISBN:  9781784744182

Weight:  791 g



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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan

An ember storm of a novel, this is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving – and astonishing – best.

In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying – if her three children would just allow it.  Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight.

When Anna’s finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window.  She begins to see that all around her others are similarly vanishing, but no one else notices.  All Anna can do is keep her mother alive.  But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into a strangely beautiful novel about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.

Peer & Press Reviews

Flanagan has delivered a book that both distills the literary qualities for which he has been celebrated for more than a quarter of a century and recasts our ideas about the kind of writer he is and what he can do.  This novel is a revelation and triumph, from a writer demonstrating, yet again, the depths of his talent, while revelling in a new, unfamiliar register.  It is at once timely and timeless, full of despair but leavened by hope, angry and funny and sad and a bit magical…  What an astonishing book this is.

Michael Williams, Sydney Morning Herald

Richard Flanagan is one of the greatest writers at work in the world today – I admire him and his writing immensely.  The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is a haunting, urgent and important book about our broken and confusing age.  If John Clare, a hero of mine and Flanagan’s, was brought back from the dead to witness our ongoing apocalypse, I imagine he’d write something very like this novel.

James Rebanks, author of English Pastoral

A fiercely well-observed account of the psychological twists and turns, the stress points and the double-binds, of familial love.

Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Living Sea of Waking Dreams
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
PublisherVintage Publishing
ImprintChatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781784744182
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)217 x 145 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographJoel Saget
DesignSuzanne Dean
Jacket photographsJulien Magre, Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (woman)
Nature Picture Library and Shutterstock (fauna & flora details)

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