Making an Elephant

Writing from Within

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‘An immensely readable volume. On every page, Swift emerges as a considerable essayist, who upholds the sterling virtue of good writing combined with emotional and intellectual engagement’ Evening Standard

As a novelist, Graham Swift delights in the possibilities of the human voice, imagining his way into the minds and hearts of an extraordinary range of characters. In Making an Elephant, his first ever work of non-fiction, the voice is his own.

Swift brings together a richly varied selection of essays, portraits, poetry, and reflections on his life in writing, full of insights into his passions and motivations, and wise about the friends, family, and other writers who have mattered to him over the years. Kazuo Ishiguro advises on how to choose a guitar, Salman Rushdie arrives for Christmas under guard, and Ted Hughes shares the secrets of a Devon river. There are private moments, too, with long-dead writers, as well as musings on history and memory that readers of Swift’s novels will recognize and love.

‘A rewarding collection, with the same humanity and flair for detail that distinguishes Swift’s fiction’TLS

‘Revealing, self-deprecating, full of fascinating details.’ Edward Marriott, Observer

‘Swift’s essays display the same quiet intensity as his fiction, a capacity for subtle storytelling with dark emotional undercurrents’ Financial Times

About Graham Swift

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.

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Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Chemistry'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Chemistry'
Last Orders (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition)
Last Orders (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition)
Out of This World
Out of This World
Shuttlecock
Shuttlecock
The Light of Day
The Light of Day
The Sweet Shop Owner
The Sweet Shop Owner
Last Orders
Last Orders
Tomorrow
Tomorrow
Ever After
Ever After
Learning to Swim and Other Stories
Learning to Swim and Other Stories
Waterland
Waterland