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Mothering Sunday : A Romance - Graham Swift

Mothering Sunday

A Romance

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2016
ISBN: 9781471155239
Number Of Pages: 144

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Product Description

It is March 30th 1924.

It is Mothering Sunday.

How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold?

Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.

About the Author

Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of nine acclaimed novels, two collection of short stories, including the highly acclaimed England and Other Stories, and of Making an Elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry and reflections on his life in writing.

With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and with Last Orders the Booker Prize. Both novels have since been made into films. Graham Swift's work has appeared in over thirty languages.

Industry Reviews

`Alive with sensuousness and sensuality...wonderfully accomplished, it is an achievement' * Sunday Times *
`From start to finish Swift's is a novel of stylish brilliance and quiet narrative verve. The archly modulated, precise prose (a hybrid of Henry Green and Kazuo Ishiguro) is a glory to read. Now 66, Swift is a writer at the very top of his game' * Evening Standard *
`Mothering Sunday is, like everything Swift writes, quite unlike anything Swift has written before, and subtly teasing' * The Times *
`Swift's novella is a telling snapshot of a society struggling with the death toll of World War I, and cleverly pinpoints the fractures in the class system' * Mail on Sunday *
`Mothering Sunday is...a Conradian homage to a well-spring of inspiration...you can heard his master's voice echoing through the pages of this deceptively fine novel' * Independent *
`With a clear focus on the possibilities of the short form, Graham Swift achieves a delicate harmony between the cool detachment of the narrative voice and the intensity of emotion conveyed on every page. This is a rare read indeed' * Spectator *
`Love and death and much in between are expertly handled in this short but powerful novella' * Daily Mail *
`Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives - the parallel stories - we can never know: "All the scenes. All the scenes that never occur, but wait in the wings of possibility." It may just be Swift's best novel yet' * Observer *
`Mothering Sunday is bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly... Swift's small fiction feels like a masterpiece' * Guardian *
`Swift has written a book that is not just his most moving and intricate but his most engrossing too' * Financial Times Weekend *

great read, almost as good as Last Orders

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to buy books that I don't want on Kindle.

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Took a while to really get into this story. Still feel mixed about it. The characterisation was not complete.

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Delicious

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Delicious. That's what this book is. Delicious. From the first line, this evocative novel dazzled me with the beauty of the phrasing, the technical proficiency of the delivery and success of the descriptions - we are made to feel heat of the sun, the breeze against our skin, the cool marble underfoot, the afterglow of illicit sex... Mothering Sunday reveals Booker Prize Winner, Graham Swift to be a master at the peak of his powers. Imagine an artist, a Matisse or a Picasso, deftly sketching a scene or a portrait: a line drawing, effortless for the artist to produce, just something to capture a moment, to capture a mood. It looks like magic to us, and yet to them, a commonplace - the result of genius and long experience. So I imagine Graham Swift talking to his editor about Mothering Sunday - the editor grasping the manuscript like it was gold - and Swift saying, Oh, you like that do you? I have lots of those laying about. Of course, no great piece of writing is effortless. Writers, even the best of them, must stretch and strain themselves to be this good. But it feels effortless. It unfurls effortlessly. He seduces us effortlessly. We need to celebrate books like this. We need to encourage writers like Swift to write more. Great writers get better with age. Our obsession with the new can obscure this simple fact. Mothering Sunday is erotic, moving, honest, beautiful and beguiling. And it also has the power to surprise. And for a rather short book it explores regions longer books would have difficulty covering. A hymn to youth, a meditation on ageing, Mothering Sunday is also a study on the value of experience - highly recommended.

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Disappointing!

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This book was the most boring non-event I have ever read. Tedious to the extreme and couldn't wait for it to end .

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Mothering Sunday

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ISBN: 9781471155239
ISBN-10: 1471155234
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st March 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.27

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