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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lanchester Narrator: Tim Curry Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2000 ISBN: 9780743542944
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Mr. Phillips wakes on a summer’s Monday morning in his modest, nearly mortgage-free house, in the bed he has contentedly shared with his wife of almost thirty years, ready to face another ordinary working day.

Except that this day is not ordinary, for on the previous Friday, Mr. Phillips was summarily fired. Through no fault of his own, Mr. Philips has suddenly found his whole life cast into doubt.

Unable to deal with this disaster—unable to even tell his wife—Mr. Phillips rises at his usual hour and prepares himself, as he had done his entire working life, for the job he no longer has. Dressed for work with no work to do, he wanders the streets of London, seeing the world as if for the first time, and what he sees triggers memories. Some are improbably funny, some deeply affecting, and all gradually build a portrait of a decent man who only days before knew exactly who he was—husband, home owner, father, valued employee—and on this day wonders what he can become.

With his eye for the telling detail, his ear for the commonplace speech that make each of us who we are, John Lanchester has created both a jewel of a novel and an everyman for our times.

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  • “When he hits the mark, he achieves a sharp-edged clarity…this stylishly written novel makes it clear that Lanchester is more than a one-hit wonder.”

    Publishers Weekly 

  • “John Lanchester’s mesmerizing second novel has a cumulative power and brilliance all its own.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

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About the Author
Author John Lanchester

John Lanchester is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, and Observer, among others. He has won the Whitbread and Hawthornden Awards, as well as being awarded the 2008 E. M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Tim Curry has created a rich array of memorable characters for both the screen and stage, most notably the role of the scientist in the Broadway and film versions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He’s been nominated for Tony Awards for his roles in My Favorite Year and The Pirates of Penzance. His film credits include Muppet Treasure Island, The Shadow, Clue, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Three Musketeers, and many, many more.