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Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

From the Booker-winning author of Last Orders and Waterland comes a long-awaited new novel - 'Mothering Sunday is bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly...Swift's small fiction feels like a masterpiece' Guardian 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. '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 ...It may just be Swift's best novel yet' Observer

Meet the Author - Graham Swift

Graham Swift was born in 1949 in London where he still lives. He is the author of nine novels, two collections of short stories, including the recent and highly acclaimed England and Other Stories, and Making an Elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry and reflections on his life in writing. With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1983, and with Last Orders the Booker Prize in 1996. Both novels have been made into films. His work has appeared in over thirty languages.

His latest novel Mothering Sunday begins with an intimate assignation in the spring of 1924 and opens to embrace a whole life. It is a masterpiece of distillation that in the course of telling a riveting story with intense immediacy tells us also why fiction itself matters. Constantly surprising, often funny, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Swift at his thrilling best.

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