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Light Perpetual (Hardback)

Francis Spufford

From the best-selling, prize-winning author of Golden Hill, a novel of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting.

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‘Dazzling.’ The Times
‘Exceptional.’ Guardian
‘Brilliant.’ Observer
‘Extraordinary.’ Financial Times

Winner of the Encore Award 2022.
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.

November 1944. A German rocket strikes London, and five young lives are atomised in an instant.

November 1944. That rocket never lands. A single second in time is altered, and five young lives go on — to experience all the unimaginable changes of the twentieth century.

Because maybe there are always other futures. Other chances.

From the best-selling, prize-winning author of Golden Hill, Light Perpetual is a story of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting. Ingenious and profound, full of warmth and beauty, it is a sweeping and intimate celebration of the gift of life.

Critic Reviews

Dazzling ... [Spufford is] one of the finest prose stylists of his generation. If his stories grip, his sentences practically glow.

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times
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Powerful … heartbreaking … [a] boundlessly rich novel.

James Walton, Daily Telegraph
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A brilliant, attention-grabbing, capacious experiment with fiction.

Kate Kellaway, Observer
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Spufford is a tremendously varied and surprising writer ... With exceptional care [he] catches the voices and hopes of five not-dead working-class south Londoners, and the people who change and shape them.

Alexandra Harris, Guardian, Book of the Week
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Moving and effortlessly absorbing.

Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
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The novel’s overarching feat is to resurrect with marvellous vitality not just its central five figures, but six transformative decades of London life.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

Francis Spufford is the author of five highly-praised works of non-fiction, most frequently described by reviewers as either ‘bizarre’ or ‘brilliant’, and usually as both. His debut novel Golden Hill won the Costa First Novel Award, the RSL Ondaatje Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize, the…

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