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Making an Elephant


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Graham Swift lives in London and is the author of eight novels: "The Sweet-Shop Owner; Shuttlecock, " which received the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; "Waterland, " which was short-listed for the Booker Prize and won The Guardian Fiction Award, the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour; "Out of This World; Ever After, " which won the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger; "Last Orders, " which was awarded the Booker Prize; "The Light of Day;" and, most recently, "Tomorrow." He is also the author of "Learning to Swim, " a collection of short stories. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.


Praise from abroad for "Making an Elephant
"In "Making an Elephant, " Graham Swift rewardingly places himself at the centre of a book . . . A fine description of fishing with Ted Hughes is not only persuasive about the attractions of angling but cleverly compares the sport with the creative processes of writing. Equally good is the tribute to Isaac Babel . . . To introduce an excellent interview about his writing habits, he provides a marvellously evocative 'local history' of his (and briefly Thomas Hardy's) own patch in Wandsworth. Even better is a beautifully crafted memoir of his father [which] is a touching portrait."
-"Sunday Times "(England)"
"Swift's polished and engaging book is that classic example of what I call 'the book under the bed, ' the compilation of 'that tricky additional work that writers have to do' . . . These pieces of occasional writing are never less than astute, generally wry and always thoroughly engaged."
-"Sunday Business Post "(Ireland)
""For Swift, "Making an Elephant" is quite a departure. [But] familiar Swiftian themes resonate . . . It's revealing, self-deprecating, full of fascinating details."
-"Observer "(England)"

""Swift is at his most movingly revelatory when discussing his work."
-"Sunday Telegraph "(England)"

""An effortless, pleasurable read . . . Swift has proved to be a man of unexpected depths. In one of the most powerful pieces, from which the book takes its title, he tells the story of his father . . . This is an exquisite piece of emotionally taut but unsentimental prose, the kind Swift excels at in his fiction . . . Together, [these pieces] create a candelabrum of ideas and memories, a softly glowing, and most unpompous, illumination of Swift's distinguished literary career."
-"The Herald "(Scotland)

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