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‘Dazzling.’ The Times
‘Extraordinary.’ Financial Times
‘A miracle.’ Wall Street Journal
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.
Dazzling ... [Spufford is] one of the finest prose stylists of his generation. If his stories grip, his sentences practically glow.
Powerful … heartbreaking … [a] boundlessly rich novel.
A brilliant, attention-grabbing, capacious experiment with fiction.
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.
Moving and effortlessly absorbing.
The novel’s overarching feat is to resurrect with marvellous vitality not just its central five figures, but six transformative decades of London life.