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Author: Graham Swift Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2021 ISBN: 9781471187421
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FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LAST ORDERS AND MOTHERING SUNDAY, reissued for the first time in Scribner

Bill Unwin, an academic of dubious status, has never recovered from the death of his famous actress wife and is now convalescing from a recent brush with his own mortality. He has two tales to tell. One, spanning post-war Paris, 1950s Soho and contemporary sexual and scholarly entanglements, surveys the muddle of his own life. The other, drawn from the notebooks of a Victorian ancestor, is the very different story of Matthew Pearce, a serious-minded man whose happiness is destroyed by his compulsive search for truth.

Bill’s recollections of his beautiful wife, his wayward mother and his philandering stepfather, his wry reflections on his present plight and his unexpected bond with the forgotten Matthew combine to form a potent and moving mental quest. Embracing two centuries and a host of subjects—from ballet dancers and prehistoric beasts to the bewildering persistence of love—it asks nothing less than the eternal question: ‘Why should things matter?’

‘A perfect piece of literary art’ The Spectator

‘Masterfully done’ Washington Post

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 9/26/2013

    " Overwritten, tedious...an overripe book. Should have known from the cover blurbs..."lush" prose = wordy; "unhurried" = kinda slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lianna | 7/3/2013

    " 20% insightful, 80% yawn... aka British Literature "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 5/30/2013

    " The 52 year-old narrator recalls Paris as a 9 year-old in 1945. Now an Oxford Don, he researches notebooks of a Darwin contemporary. Well-written but devolved into boredom. A chapter on Darwin, near the end, seemed really irrelevant. Had potential, but lost my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 2/9/2013

    " I think I need to re-read this novel. It was only in the last 50 pages that I realized what was going on and the brilliance in it. I bet with a re-read this book will hit five stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/2/2013

    " Not for the weak. This is a very heavy book which ultimately asks what the meaning of life is. The story centers around suicide and Darwinism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathlena | 12/23/2012

    " I adored this book, some of the most beautiful and poignant descriptions! Also a very interesting narrator perspective.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julian | 10/26/2012

    " This book hung around me like a quiet friend for the whole of the time it took me to read it. It has retained that status ever since. Beautifully crafted, it is how all writing should be. "

About the Author

Graham Swift is the author of eight novels, including the Booker Prize–winning Last Orders and Waterland, which won the Guardian Fiction Award. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in London.