The Sweet Shop Owner by Graham Swift audiobook

The Sweet Shop Owner

By Graham Swift

Simon & Schuster Audio UK
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    ISBN: 9781471187377

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LAST ORDERS AND MOTHERING SUNDAY, reissued for the first time in Scribner For forty years, Willy Chapman has struck a strange but steadfast bargain between the two poles of his life: his beautiful but emotionally damaged wife and the sweet shop he runs on a south London high street. Devoted to each, he has maintained a delicate, precarious balance. Now, on a hot summer’s day, he attempts to settle his final accounts and reach an understanding with a third, disruptive element in his reckoning: his angry, unforgiving daughter. Spanning five decades and intricately exploring a doomed family triangle, Graham Swift’s first novel already shows the historical scope combined with intense intimacy that will characterise his work. ‘A marvellous first novel’ New Statesman ‘Brilliantly chronicled’ The Spectator

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Summary

Summary

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LAST ORDERS AND MOTHERING SUNDAY, reissued for the first time in Scribner

For forty years, Willy Chapman has struck a strange but steadfast bargain between the two poles of his life: his beautiful but emotionally damaged wife and the sweet shop he runs on a south London high street. Devoted to each, he has maintained a delicate, precarious balance. Now, on a hot summer’s day, he attempts to settle his final accounts and reach an understanding with a third, disruptive element in his reckoning: his angry, unforgiving daughter.

Spanning five decades and intricately exploring a doomed family triangle, Graham Swift’s first novel already shows the historical scope combined with intense intimacy that will characterise his work.

‘A marvellous first novel’ New Statesman

‘Brilliantly chronicled’ The Spectator

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

'In his moving first novel, THE SWEET SHOP OWNER, Graham Swift illuminates the history of one man through flashbacks on the last day of that man’s life. Through the succinctly evoked provincial decades one of the engrossing features is the difficulty of love and communication between generations.' Alan Hollinghurst
'An impressive first novel…brilliantly chronicled.'
'The themes are already the themes of a mature novelist – the choices (and lack of choice) that determine the shape of men’s working lives, the way people struggle to make sense of their personal stories, the criss-crossing of private and public history…a quiet but beautifully shaped book.' Maggie Gee
'A marvellous first novel.'
'A remarkable novel…There is a touch of Joyce in Graham Swift’s revelation of the hidden poetry of small men’s lives.'
'The sweet shop owner in Graham Swift’s excellent first novel is …a man with a laugh inside him, who was never allowed to give or take love, but in whom the laugh did not die…Moving evocatively but purposefully through four decades, this beautifully balanced novel describes the arrangements, accommodations, pacts and treaties of our ordinary lives: what makes them uneventfully profound.'

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Author Bio: Graham Swift

Author Bio: Graham Swift

Graham Swift is the author of eight novels, including the Booker Prize–winning Last Orders and Waterland, which won the Guardian Fiction Award. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English