Last Orders (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition)

Graham Swift

‘Beautifully written, gentle, funny, truthful, touching and profound’ Salman Rushdie

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.

In 2012 Picador celebrated its 40th anniversary. During that time we have published many prize-winning and bestselling authors including Bret Easton Ellis and Cormac McCarthy, Alice Sebold and Helen Fielding, Graham Swift and Alan Hollinghurst. Years later, Picador continue to bring readers the very best contemporary fiction, non-fiction and poetry from across the globe.

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Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978144722079401
Published: 02/02/2012

Graham Swift

Graham Swift

Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of nine acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories. With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Prize (1983), and with Last Orders the Booker Prize (1996); both novels have since been made into films. His most recent novel is Wish You Were Here. Graham Swift’s work has appeared in over thirty languages.

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