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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,411 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Swift Narrator: Gigi Marceau Clarke, Jenny Sterlin, Ian Stewart, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, Simon Jones, Dominic Hawksley Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Four men gather in a London pub. They have taken it upon themselves to carry out the last orders of Jack Dodds, master butcher, and deliver his ashes to the sea. As they drive towards the fulfillment of their mission, their errand becomes an extraordinary journey into their collective and individual pasts. Braiding these men’s voices, and that of Jack’s widow, into a choir of sorrow and resentment, passion and regret, Swift creates a testament to a changing England and to enduring mortality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1996 Man Booker Prize
  • A 1998 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Finalist

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christopher Roden | 2/15/2014

    " This one's been hanging around on my shelf for some time, and I finally decided to read it after seeing the movie. Heck, didn't those script writers do a good job with the flimsy material in this book? And what a disappointment the book turned out to be. I can't for the life of me understand how this came to win a Booker Prize. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ran Guo | 1/27/2014

    " A moving tribute to the lifespan of a friendship for several bar patrons. It's an interesting look at the changing social dynamics of working class london, and the unspoken tension and issues between several bar buddies as they give their regards to a deceased friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alice | 1/25/2014

    " coughAsILayDyingcough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed the build-up to the very end of this story, it lagged in parts for me but I was definitely tearing up in the last few pages. I had to push through it because I wasn't in the mood for something written at a slower pace - lots of reminiscing, back and forth in time and between the narratives of the different characters. I am glad I finished it! "

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About the Author
Author Graham Swift

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.

About the Narrator

Ian Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, England, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science. He won the Royal Society’s 1995 Michael Faraday Medal for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science. He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes.