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Tom Crick is a history teacher, but the history that absorbs him is his own and his family’s. Driven by a marital crisis and the provocation of one of his pupils, he forsakes his teaching to relate the story of his family who have lived in the Fens since the 18th century.  The past, with its secrets and oddities, hangs heavy on him, pushing him towards a heartbreaking new disaster in his life.


About the Author

Graham Swift

Graham Swift was born in London in 1949. His novels include Waterland, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1983 and won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and Last Orders, which won the Booker Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1996.

Graham Swift is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in London.