Out of This World

3.41 based on 227 ratings & 16 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 02.04.2010
ISBN: 9780330518277
Number of pages: 224

Synopsis

In 1972, Robert Beech, First World War survivor and present-day armaments maker, is killed by a car bomb. The event breaks the career of his son Harry, a news photographer, and comes close to destroying his granddaughter Sophie.

Ten years later, the Falklands War has begun and both Harry, now working as an aerial photographer, and Sophie, visiting an analyst in New York, are haunted by a past that has scarred and divided them.

‘As tense as a thriller . . . a powerful and exciting book that raises uncomfortable political questions’ The Times

‘It appeals to the emotions, the intellect and the imagination, and its elegance is as durable as Greek art . . . a novel for those who still believe in the importance of fiction, indeed of art’ Scotsman

‘The novel succeeds brilliantly. The impression is of having been shown all the majesty as well as the emotional complexity of history’ Time Out

‘Not a book the reader is likely to forget, Out of this World deserves to be ranked at the forefront of contemporary literature’ New York Times Book Review

‘Brilliant clarity and depth’ Mail on Sunday