Graham Swift


Born
in London, The United Kingdom
May 04, 1949


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 outstandin
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Average rating: 3.66 · 35,341 ratings · 3,237 reviews · 39 distinct worksSimilar authors
Last Orders

3.68 avg rating — 11,731 ratings — published 1996 — 59 editions
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Waterland

3.92 avg rating — 6,997 ratings — published 1983 — 66 editions
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Mothering Sunday

3.71 avg rating — 9,155 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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The Light of Day

3.37 avg rating — 2,336 ratings — published 2003 — 9 editions
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Wish You Were Here

3.31 avg rating — 1,061 ratings — published 2011 — 41 editions
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Tomorrow

2.63 avg rating — 1,022 ratings — published 2007 — 41 editions
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Ever After

3.61 avg rating — 604 ratings — published 1992 — 25 editions
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Shuttlecock

3.32 avg rating — 615 ratings — published 1981 — 22 editions
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The Sweet Shop Owner

3.52 avg rating — 462 ratings — published 1980 — 23 editions
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England and Other Stories

3.53 avg rating — 424 ratings — published 2014 — 19 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

“What we wish upon the future is very often the image of some lost, imagined past.”
Graham Swift, Waterland

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