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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: June 2021 ISBN: 9781471187452
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FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LAST ORDERS AND MOTHERING SUNDAY, reissued for the first time in Scribner

Prentis, employed in the police archives, is becoming confused. His obsession with the plight of his father, a wartime hero now the mute inmate of a mental hospital, is alienating him from his wife and children, while at work he feels under scrutiny from his intimidating boss, Quinn. Gradually, Prentis suspects that his father’s breakdown and Quinn’s menacing behaviour are related and that the connection is to be found in his father’s memoir: ‘Shuttlecock’.

Shuttlecock is an intense psychological thriller and much more. With poignant force and sometimes dark comedy, it links the secrecies and quirks of domestic life with the enigmas and violence of crime and war.

‘A small masterpiece’ The Guardian

‘Excellent, profound’ Alan Hollinghurst
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Quotes & Awards

  • 'A superbly written claustrophobic account of power that corrupts private and public life and of guilt that becomes obsession.'
  • 'A small masterpiece.'
  • 'A novel as elegant in construction as in style…Serious, moving and often very funny indeed.'
  • 'An astonishing study of forms of guilt, laced with a thread of detection, and puckering now and then into outrageous humour.'
  • 'Thoroughly gripping and beautifully written.' Margaret Forster
  • 'Excellent, profound.' Alan Hollinghurst
  • 'Swift’s central strength as a writer is his integrity. Story an character are treated with a seriousness and respect that while allowing for the oddity of human behaviour – Shuttlecock is thoroughly and beautifully odd – always honours them.'

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 11/26/2013

    " One of those books that takes you inside a not entirely likable character. But by the end I found myself very sympathetic. Not as good as Waterland, but a very readable and enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 9/12/2013

    " I read this with Jake and Joel and liked it far more than they did--it is an ambiguous story of past and what the effect of the past is on the present--and how they also affect the future "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/25/2013

    " Dare I say Graham Swift trying to be John le Carre? An unusual thriller that begs more questions than it answers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 8/13/2013

    " Depressing mood but interesting psychological novel. Hard to identify with the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 4/1/2013

    " A fantastic novel. Strikes me as less like Waterland and Last Orders, which and more like a more conventional kind of mystery or thriller (albeit a thriller that's deeply focused on characters haunted by guilt over their past actions). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 3/8/2013

    " An absolute gem of a psychological puzzle-- read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 10/12/2012

    " An early book. Psychological but not a thriller. No likeable characters really quite black humour and well written. As ever I wish there were half stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 2/11/2012

    " Really interesting and creepy setup. Not really any payoff whatsoever. I tried reading Waterland in the nineties but never got into it, for some reason. I had the opposite problem with this, really I got really invested towards the beginning. And then. "

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.