Winner of the 1996 Booker Prize.
Last Orders is a much-loved classic of English literature. It won both the 1996 Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2001, it was adapted into an award-winning film starring Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins.
Four men once close to Jack Dodds, a London butcher, meet to carry out his peculiar last wish: to have his ashes scattered into the sea. For reasons best known to herself, Jack’s widow, Amy, declines to join them. On the surface the tale of a simple if increasingly bizarre day’s outing, Last Orders is Graham Swift’s most poignant exploration of the complexity and courage of ordinary lives.
‘Last Orders confirms his reputation as one of the great contemporary chroniclers of landscape and memory’ Observer
‘His finest book to date; emotionally charged and technically superb’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Inspired . . . His finest novel yet’ Guardian