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The Wall - John Lanchester

The Wall - John Lanchester

Title: The Wall

Author:  John Lanchester

ISBN:  9780571298709

Weight:  739g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Wall by John Lanchester

John Lanchester’s long-awaited new novel – a work of fiction that establishes itself as an instant modern classic.

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall.  If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights.

The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.  He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else.

He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are.  Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night.  But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn’t it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?

John Lanchester’s thrilling, hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old.  It’s about a broken world you will recognise as your own-and about what might be found when all is lost.

Peer & Press Reviews

John Lanchester writes with such clarity and effectiveness that his prose is a pleasure I always look forward to.  His previous novels have all been memorable evocations of the world we’re familiar with, but The Wall is something new: almost an allegory, almost a dystopian-future warning, partly an elegant study of the nature of storytelling itself.  I was hugely impressed by it.

Philip Pullman

As the details start to appear through the mist, the premise of Lanchester’s novel emerges from the vagaries of fantastical allegory into something far more sinister… a gripping and gory novel…  Lanchester writes lyrically about the attractions of camaraderie, and how they teeter on conformity; he also, when he needs to, does a very absorbing fight scene, with the action reaching exhilarating heights in the final third of the book.  But mostly what we’re left with is a question: how much of our humanity can we preserve once we accept a society driven by fear?  We may not have to wait long to find out.


January is obviously far too early to call a book of the year but, come December 2019, I reckon I’ll still be raving about this one.

Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Wall
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780571298709
ISBN 10: 0571298702
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 276
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 28mm
Design Credits
Jacket design: Faber

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