Never Let Me Go
A Sunday Times Top 100 Novel of the Twenty-first Century: Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England.
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Author of the 2021 Booker Longlisted Klara and the Sun
One of the most acclaimed novels of the 21st Century, from the Nobel Prize-winning author
Shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize
Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.
‘A feat of imaginative sympathy.’ New York Times
What readers are saying:
‘A book I will return to again and again, and one that keeps me thinking even after finishing it. 5/5 stars’
‘I loved it, every single word of it.’
‘It took me wholly by surprise.’
Masterly... A novel with piercing questions about humanity and humaneness.
A brilliantly executed book by a master craftsman who has chosen a difficult subject: ourselves, seen through a glass, darkly.
A page-turner and a heartbreaker, a tour de force of knotted tension and buried anguish.
A master stoyteller ... In this deceptively sad novel, he simply uses a science-fiction framework to throw light on ordinary human life, the human soul, human sexuality, love, creativity and childhood innocence. He does so with devastating effect.
A clear frontrunner to be the year’s most extraordinary novel.
Brilliant… The most exact and affecting of his novels to date.
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