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Graham Colin Swift (born May 4, 1949) is a well-known British author. He was born in London, England and educated at Dulwich College, London, and later Queens' College, Cambridge. is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Dulwich New College buildings. ... Full name The Queens College of Saint Margaret and Saint Bernard in the University of Cambridge Motto Floreat Domus May this House Flourish Named after - Previous names - Established 1448 Sister College(s) Pembroke College President Lord Eatwell Location Silver Street Undergraduates 490 Postgraduates 270 Homepage Boatclub The Gatehouse, as...


Some of his works have been made into films, including Last Orders, which starred Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins and Waterland which starred Jeremy Irons. Last Orders was a joint winner of the 1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and a mildly controversial winner of the Booker Prize in 1996, owing to the superficial similarities in plot to William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Waterland was set in The Fens; it is a novel of landscape, history and family, and is often cited as one of the outstanding post-war British novels and has been a set text on the English Literature syllabus in British schools. Last Orders is a 2001 motion picture written and directed by Australian (Writer/Director/Producer) Fred Schepisi, and stars Michael Caine as Jack Dodd, Bob Hoskins as Ray, Ray Winstone as Vince Dodds, David Hemmings as Lenny and Tom Courtenay as Vic Tucker. ... This article is about the English actor. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Waterland is a novel by Graham Swift, made into a 1992 movie starring Jeremy Irons. ... Jeremy John Irons (born September 19, 1948) is an Academy Award, Tony Award, Screen Actors Guild, two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning English film, television and stage actor. ... Founded in 1919, the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are among the oldest and most prestigious book prizes awarded for literature written in the English Language. ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in... William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American novelist and poet whose works feature his native state of Mississippi. ... As I Lay Dying is a novel written by the American author William Faulkner. ... The Fens may also refer to the Back Bay Fens, a park in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Novels

Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Waterland is a novel by Graham Swift, made into a 1992 movie starring Jeremy Irons. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Last Orders is a 2001 motion picture written and directed by Australian (Writer/Director/Producer) Fred Schepisi, and stars Michael Caine as Jack Dodd, Bob Hoskins as Ray, Ray Winstone as Vince Dodds, David Hemmings as Lenny and Tom Courtenay as Vic Tucker. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tomorrow is a novel by Graham Swift first published in 2007 about the impending disclosure of a family secret. ...

Short stories

  • Learning to Swim (1982)

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External links

  • 1985 audio interview with Graham Swift at Wired for Books.org by Don Swaim
  • 2007 audio interview with Graham Swift on the topic of 'The Light of Day', conducted by John Mullan
  • The Real Waterland (British Fens)

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BookPage Interview (946 words)
Swift has one of his Victorian characters come face to face with the fossilized remains of an ichthyosaurus.
Swift explains that his novels spring from "rather fragmentary, incidental images." In the case of Ever After, it was the image of a boy watching through a window as ballerinas practice.
Swift describes the first stages of his writing as "a strange mixture of having a plan and groping in the dark." He talks about knowing that his novel has to have a certain shape -- a shape he grasps only by intuition.
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