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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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**Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021**
**Winner of the RSL Encore Award**
** From the author of Golden Hill **

‘My god he can write.’ Richard Osman
‘Glorious.’ Evening Standard
‘Exhilarating.’ TLS
‘Brilliant.’ Observer
‘Dazzling.’ The Times
‘Extraordinary.’ Financial Times
‘Superb.’ Guardian

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

Here are the futures they might have known, had they experienced the unimaginable changes of the twentieth century — futures that illuminate the miraculous in the everyday, and the preciousness of life itself.

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 was born in 1964. He is the author of five celebrated books of non-fiction. The most recent, Unapologetic, has been translated into three languages; the one before, Red Plenty, into nine. He has been longlisted or shortlisted for prizes in science writing, historical writing, political writing, theological writing, and writing ‘evoking the spirit of place’. His first novel.…

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