AUTHOR: Swift has a long career of prizes and accolades, beginning with the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Shuttlecock in 1983 and most notably the Booker Prize for Last Orders in 1996. Waterland was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1983 and was shortlisted for the Booker that same year. Mothering Sunday won the Hawthornden Prize for the best work of imaginative literature (other recent winners: Hilary Mantel, Ali Smith, Tessa Hadley).
UK and US PUBLICATION: We’ll be publishing simultaneously with Knopf US and just after Scribner UK’s onsale to generate as much buzz as possible.
REVIEWS: Swift is a reviewer’s favourite. The Toronto Star called Mothering Sunday, “a magnificent book, a small miracle.” And Robert J. Wiersema described Swift in the National Post as “a master of subtlety, of the meaningful nuance, the casual gesture, the break in speech…”
BOOK CLUB: This novel, which unfolds almost like a mystery, is a perfect fit for book clubs.
“[T]his book itself is a work of magic: neither trick nor illusion, but a flash of truth.” —Wall Street Journal
“Here We Are is a paragon of the magic of compressed narration. How does Swift pull off this literary sleight of hand?…[O]nce again, Swift has demonstrated wizardry in his ability to conjure magic out of ordinary lives.” —NPR
“Here We Are leaves a lasting impression…. Swift has also worked his magic to produce a novel fueled by, and consequently alive with, creative brilliance and emotional intensity.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[A] beautiful, gentle, intricate novella, the kind of book that stays with you… Here We Are smuggles within the pages of a seemingly commonplace tale depths of emotion and narrative complexity that take the breath away.” —The Guardian
“[A] quiet, word-perfect novel…. Graham Swift is the quiet master of fiction.” —The Sydney Morning Herald
“A sleight-of-hand novel…. [T]he hocus pocus of identity and destiny, how we become who we are and make the choices we do, offers plenty of surprise as well as revelation. A novel that agrees with Shakespeare that all the world’s a stage.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A quietly devastating, magical novel.” —The Telegraph
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