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Graham Swift (1) (1949–)

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British novelist Graham Swift was born in London on May 4, 1949. He attended Cambridge University and York University. Swift has written five novels, including Waterland. (Bowker Author Biography) Novelist Graham Swift was born in London, England on May 4, 1949. He attended Cambridge University visa mer where he received a B.A. in 1970, and an M.A. in 1975. He also attended York University from 1970-73. He taught English part time at several London Colleges between the years 1974 to1983. Swift's fiction tends to touch upon the subject of World War II as well as exploring the larger subject of history. "Waterland" established Swift's reputation and was made into a major film. He also wrote "Last Orders" and his novels have won a variety of prestigious literary awards and have been widely translated. Swift was an avid fisherman and co-edited an anthology of fishing in literature. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Graham Swift

Sista beställningen (1996) 2,778 exemplar
Waterland (1983) 2,397 exemplar
The Light of Day (2003) 893 exemplar
Mothering Sunday (2016) 825 exemplar
Tomorrow (2007) 470 exemplar
I alla sina dagar (1992) 432 exemplar
Wish You Were Here (2011) 314 exemplar
Shuttlecock (1981) 312 exemplar
Out of This World (1988) 306 exemplar
Here We Are (2020) 283 exemplar
The Sweet Shop Owner (1980) 279 exemplar
England and Other Stories (2014) 152 exemplar
The Magic Wheel: Anthology of Fishing in Literature (1985) — Redaktör — 11 exemplar
Su Diyari (2007) 4 exemplar
Chemistry (2008) 4 exemplar
Swift Graham 1 exemplar
Regimybės: romanas (2020) 1 exemplar

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The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 428 exemplar
Granta 65: London (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 222 exemplar
Granta 87: Jubilee! The 25th Anniversary Issue (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 201 exemplar
Granta 52: Food : The Vital Stuff (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 146 exemplar
Granta 30: New Europe (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 145 exemplar
Granta 36: Vargas Llosa for President (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 126 exemplar
Granta 69: The Assassin (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 126 exemplar
Granta 7: Best of Young British Novelists (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 91 exemplar
Granta 9: John Berger, Boris (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 43 exemplar
Last Orders [2001 film] (2001) — Original Book — 33 exemplar
Beach : Stories by the Sand and Sea (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 32 exemplar
AQA Anthology (2002) — Författare, vissa utgåvor19 exemplar


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Swift, Graham Colin
London, England, UK



Ruminative. So ruminative. Jack and Ellie grew up on neighboring dairy farms in very out-of-the-way North Devon. They both lost their mothers, the dairy cow business went to hell what with the BSE and then hoof and mouth disease, and the only recompense they had in their teenage and young adult years was each other. Lest this sound at all romantic in some sense, it's not very; Jack is the slow silent type without much to say, but it all works well enough. At least for Jack.

Ellie, though satisfied with Jack, is much less satisfied with dairy cow farming in Devon. Which seems a perfectly logical place to have arrived. A fortuitous inheritance finds her in possession of a vacation spot on the Isle of Wight and she convinces Jack to swap out livelihoods, complete with summer trips to the Caribbean. But as it turns out, you can take the slow silent dairy farmer out of the dairy farm, but you can't take the dairy farm out of the slow silent dairy farmer.

When Jack's little brother Tom, who ran off from the farm to join the army on his 18th birthday, is reported dead in Iraq by that army, all the tensions and contradictions of "Jack and Ellie on the Isle of Wight with summers in the Caribbean" are brought to crisis. Ellie can't bring herself to go back to the past. Jack gets swallowed up by it in his grief. The reader is stewed in it, marinated, turned over, and pulled out at last to face the possible violence of its conclusion.

It's a very well constructed and well written novel, illustrating violence - both literal and figurative - done by the modern world to men who once would have taken their place in a solid and traditional society that is suddenly no more. I liked it, but didn't love it.
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lelandleslie | 14 andra recensioner | Feb 24, 2024 |
I first read this novel shortly after the paperback edition was released, almost forty years ago. It had been included in the previous year’s Booker Prize shortlist, and most of the reviews had been appropriately enthusiastic. I had just started in my first proper job, and was revelling in the awareness that, after years of student penury, I could now occasionally take a chance on buying a book on a whim, rather than having to weigh up every purchase against the risk of Micawberesque misery.

And what a book! In just over three hundred pages, Graham Swift offers the reader a history of East Anglia, including insights into political strife, land reclamation, flood management, the finer points of brewing, the beguiling mysteries of the eel, the culmination of the Cold War in the early 1980s, a love story, a murder, and a cautionary tale about incest, all wrapped up in a fascinating exegesis of the nature of history itself.

Tom Crick is, for the moment, Head of History at a large comprehensive school in London, beset with domestic challenges and facing strenuous effort by his headteacher to close his department. His Sixth Form lessons have, however, bucked the trend in which disaffected pupils move away from the humanities. His lessons are swell, because word has spread among the pupils of a new approach to teaching in which Crick’s lessons are suffused with vivid recollections from his own childhood. Crick’s pupils are dejected, convinced that the world is on the brink of a final nuclear war. Forty years earlier, Crick had been growing up in Norfolk during the Second World War, where his father was a lock-keeper responsible for vital flood management in that low lying land, contending with rationing and watching regular bombing missions taking off from the air force bases spread all around the county.

Swift takes his readers through numerous flashbacks, showing how Crick’s family had come to live by the river, and painting the history of the region. The flat landscape, and numerous waterways of the region play a key part in setting the atmosphere of the story. Swift’s prose is as clear as the water in Crick’s father’s lock, and his mastery of the multiple strands of the story is immense. He merges folklore with history, and manage the cast of characters deftly.

I can’t remember which book actually won the Booker Prize when this was a challenger – it must have been jolly good to have beaten this.
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Eyejaybee | 42 andra recensioner | Jan 30, 2024 |
Gave this up pretty quickly. I attempted the audio version, so perhaps it translates poorly in that format, but the style made the story entirely impossible to comprehend. I kept checking my ipod to see if it was skipping chapters because there seemed to be no coherent narrative. Just as I thought I had grasped whatever the protagonist was rattling on about, the focus and topic seemed to shift to something else. Perhaps some people find this sort of storytelling gymnastics compelling, but it felt like trying to carry on a conversation with someone suffering from profound dementia.… (mer)
Doodlebug34 | 28 andra recensioner | Jan 1, 2024 |
Somehow this book just completely failed to make any sort of impression on me at all. It follows three people who are in show business as magicians in the 1950s, and flashes back to their childhoods and forward to their old age. The main character was an evacuee in WWII as a child, and was sent to live in an idyllic home where his host family taught him to be a stage magician. He later recruits a couple to join his act, and the relationship between the three of them gets complicated.

I think the book was fine? The characters were reasonably interesting and well-developed? The writing was pretty good? I dunno... I don't really have any complaints about the book, but I don't really have any praise for it either.… (mer)
Gwendydd | 14 andra recensioner | Oct 22, 2023 |



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