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
‘A triumph’ Sunday Times
‘Tragic, comic and wonderfully compassionate’ Daily Mail
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.
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