Last Orders

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name = Last Orders
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author = Graham Swift
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country = United Kingdom
language = English
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genre = Novel
publisher = Picador
release_date = 26 January 1996
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media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 304 pp (first edition, hardback)
isbn = ISBN 0330345591 (first edition, hardback)
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"Last Orders" is a 1996 Booker Prize-winning novel by British author Graham Swift. In 2001 it was adapted for the film "Last Orders" by Australian writer and director Fred Schepisi.

Plot summary

The story makes much use of flashbacks to tell the convoluted story of the relationships between a group of war veterans who live in the same corner of London, the backbone of the story being the journey of the group to Margate to scatter the ashes of Jack Dodds into the sea, in accord with his last wishes.

The plot and style are influenced by William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying".


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