Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of many acclaimed novels, two collections of short stories (England and Other Stories, and Learning to Swim 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 (1983), and with Last Orders the Booker Prize (1996). Both novels have since been made into films. Graham Swift's work has appeared in over thirty languages.
As the publication of Graham's latest novel, Wish You Were Here, approached, he took some time to talk with Jonathan Ruppin (one of the team at Foyle's, Charing Cross Road) about the new book and its place within the wider context of his work.
Two Picador authors have been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
Australian writer and director, Fred Schepisi was originally intending to begin work on a film based on Don Quixote when he was urged to consider Graham Swift's 1996 Booker Prize winning novel.
In 2000 the director Fred Schepisi brought together a remarkable cast of stars to make a film of Last Orders, premiered at the London Film Festival in 2001. Graham Swift looks back on the process.
Last Orders may have won the Booker Prize, but Graham Swift has written a whole host of other novels, each greeted with huge critical acclaim on publication.
In this interview, author Graham Swift answers questions on his novel Wish You Were Here, as well as his previous critically acclaimed novels.
Graham Swift's novel Wish You Were Here promises to be every bit as gripping and intelligent as his previous work. Here he offers a chapter-length extract.
Until recently Picador have published all but one of Graham Swift's novels. Now we have the complete works.