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The Light of Day

3.36 based on 1719 ratings & 124 reviews on

03 June 11


‘Deserves to be inhaled greedily in a single sitting’ Independent on Sunday

On a cold but dazzling November morning, George prepares to visit Sarah, a prisoner and the woman he loves. As he goes about the business of the day he relives the catastrophic events of exactly two years ago that have both bound them together and kept them apart.

Told in George’s plain words but growing deeper with each revelation, The Light of Day is a hauntingly tense yet tender story about discovering the hidden forces inside all of us and the power of such discovery to change everything.

‘A masterful combination of character and atmosphere’ Observer

‘Splendid, superb. An intense meditation. A writer of immense gifts’ Washington Post

‘A profoundly artful, beautifully weighted, resonant and humane literary novel’ Daily Telegraph

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.