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Wish You Were Here - Graham Swift

Wish You Were Here - Graham Swift

Title: Wish You Were Here

Author:  Graham Swift

ISBN:  9780330535830

Weight:  990g

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Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift

On an autumn day in 2006, on the Isle of Wight, Jack Luxton, former Devon farmer and now the proprietor of a seaside caravan park, receives the news that his soldier brother Tom, not seen for years, has been killed in Iraq.

For Jack and his wife Ellie this will have a potentially catastrophic impact.  For Jack in particular it means a crucial journey – to receive his brother’s remains, but also into his own most secret, troubling memories and into the land of his and Ellie’s past.

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Swift is a melancholy and compassionate writer.  Wish You Were Here is a title that might be read as a plea, an order, or an expression of fact.  The novel expertly explores the poignant contrast between irrepressible human hope and the constraints within which we live our finite lives.

Ruth Scurr, Times

The novel has a small cast and little in the way of dramatic incident – though what there is strong enough to be shocking.  Yet this is a full and rich novel and one which demands and holds the reader’s attention from beginning to end.  It is capable of enlarging and deepening our understanding of those mysterious beings – other people.

The Scotsman

I doubt there is a better novelist than Swift for this kind of story…  The great thing about Swift is the way he takes the elements of melodrama but uses them in a calm, unostentatious and utterly plausible way.  In doing so he gets to the heart of people.  Serious rural novels such as this remind one of Thomas Hardy… in the end, the very end of this extraordinary novel he treats [his characters] with pure compassion.

Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard

Bibliographic Info

TitleWish You Were Here
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Dated10 June 2011
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
Printed byCPI Mackays, Chatham
ISBN 139780330535830
ISBN 100330535838
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 163 x 36mm
Packed weight1.017kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photographEkko von Schwichow
Jacket designKeenan

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