Books by Graham Swift

Released: May 19, 2015

"The stories recall different eras stylistically as well, bearing echoes of Cheever, touches of O. Henry, and, in one chilling case, of Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery.' With few weak spots and more than a few killers, it's a potent gathering."
The British author of Waterland crams enough life into these vignettes and full-blown stories to be justified in slyly giving his third collection a country's name.Read full book review >
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Graham Swift
Released: April 17, 2012

"Profound empathy and understated eloquence mark a novel so artfully nuanced that the last few pages send the reader back to the first few, with fresh understanding."
A novel as contemporary as international terrorism and the war in Iraq and as timeless as mortality, from one of Britain's literary masters. Read full book review >
TOMORROW by Graham Swift
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"A richly satisfying novel of blood ties, the interplay of nature and nurture and the secrets that even the closest families keep from each other."
A marvelous character study with minimal plot. Read full book review >
THE LIGHT OF DAY by Graham Swift
Released: May 5, 2003

"A moody lament for a vanished past, present, and future that grates subtly on the nerves and lingers uncomfortably in the memory."
An ex-policeman turned private detective finds himself unable to forget a former client who murdered her unfaithful husband. Read full book review >
LAST ORDERS by Graham Swift
Released: April 5, 1996

"Without affectation, Swift listens closely to the lives that are his subject and creates a songbook of voices part lyric, part epic, part working-class social realism—with, in all, the ring to it of the honest, human, and true."
Britisher Swift's sixth novel (Ever After, 1992 etc.) and fourth to appear here is a slow-to-start but then captivating tale of English working-class families in the four decades following WW II. Read full book review >
EVER AFTER by Graham Swift
Released: March 12, 1992

"Unwin's losses are ranged around, but so are the bravery of his questioning memory and the fidelity of his love."
This time out, Swift (Out of This World, Waterland, Learning to Swim, etc.) at first seems to be reworking a fictional convention that's becoming tired from overuse: the writer—or, as here, the Oxford academic—who finds himself in possession of an old manuscript whose revelations dovetail with the perturbations of the modern interpreter. Read full book review >