Graham Swift





Graham Swift

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born
in London, The United Kingdom
May 04, 1949

gender
male


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Graham Colin Swift FRSL (born May 4, 1949) is a British author. He was born in London, England and educated at Dulwich College, London, Queens' College, Cambridge, and later the University of York. He was a friend of Ted Hughes.

Some of his works have been made into films, including Last Orders, which starred Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins and Waterland which starred Jeremy Irons. Last Orders was a joint winner of the 1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and a mildly controversial winner of the Booker Prize in 1996, owing to the superficial similarities in plot to William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Waterland was set in The Fens; it is a novel of landscape, history and family, and is often cited as one of the outstanding post-war B
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Average rating: 3.63 · 17,280 ratings · 1,141 reviews · 16 distinct works · Similar authors
Last Orders
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 8,145 ratings — published 1996 — 43 editions
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Waterland
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 4,606 ratings — published 1983 — 52 editions
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The Light of Day
3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 1,500 ratings — published 2003 — 36 editions
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Wish You Were Here
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 650 ratings — published 2011 — 30 editions
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Tomorrow
2.59 of 5 stars 2.59 avg rating — 736 ratings — published 2007 — 30 editions
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Ever After
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 422 ratings — published 1992 — 19 editions
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Shuttlecock
3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 379 ratings — published 1981 — 17 editions
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The Sweet Shop Owner
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 1980 — 18 editions
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Out of This World
3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 1988 — 19 editions
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Learning to Swim: And Other...
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 1982 — 13 editions
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“How quick and rushing life can sometimes seem, when at the same time it's so slow and sweet and everlasting.”
Graham Swift, Tomorrow

“Children, be curious. Nothing is worse (I know it) than when curiosity stops. Nothing is more repressive than the repression of curiosity. Curiosity begets love. It weds us to the world. It's part of our perverse, madcap love for this impossible planet we inhabit. People die when curiosity goes. People have to find out, people have to know.”
Graham Swift, Waterland

“Pillow talk. It's how you know, it's how you tell, that something different, something special is happening: that this might even be the most important night of your life. Some day -some night- I hope you both may know it, with whoever it may be: the wish, stealing up on you, not to just merge bodies, but all you have, all your years, all your memories up to that point. And why should you wish to do that, if you haven't already guessed that your future too, will be shared?”
Graham Swift, Tomorrow
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