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Graham Swift


A boy and his grandfather try to cope with the arrival of a new man in the household and his effect on the woman who is their mother and daughter. The boy dreams of violence and the grandfather retreats to the only sanctuary he knows.

Learning to Swim

On a beach in Cornwall, the nuances and memories of a stagnant marriage are explored by a man, a woman – and ultimately their son, as he finally learns to float in the sea and strikes out for a more independent emotional life.


Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978144721068901
Published: 23/02/2012

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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