Last Orders

Last Orders

Four men once close to Jack Dodds, a London butcher, meet to carry out his peculiar last wish: to have his ashes scattered into the sea. For reasons best known to herself, Jack's widow, Amy, declines to join them. On the surface the tale of a simple if increasingly bizarre day's outing, Last Orders is Graham Swift's most poignant exploration of the complexity and courage of ordinary lives.

Title:Last Orders
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780330489676
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    Last Orders Reviews

  • Paul Bryant

    Scene : the smoke room at the Bag of Grandmas, Old Kent Road, Bermondsey, East End, London.Three novelists are propping up the bar and grouching.Ian McEwan : My Booker Prize is bigger than yours.Julia...

  • Kevin Ansbro

    This uneventful novel was the Booker Prize winner of 1996. I glimpsed fleeting moments of literary excellence but the book's prosaic conversational style wasn't for me. It also pained me to see ain't ...

  • Kinga

    This was easily the least exciting Booker Prize winner I’ve ever read. You know that other London all us new hipster Londoners never get to know? Even though we all live together, on the same street...

  • Julie

    It ain’t like your regular sort of day.Nope. It ain’t. It ain’t my regular kind ‘o book, neither....

  • Tony

    This begins: “It ain’t like your regular sort of day.” Not exactly “Call me Ishmael” but you have to start somewhere. A little workshoppy, but there’s some promise there. Perhaps it could ...

  • John

    Jack, a Butcher and propper up of the bar at his local (alongside his mates Raysy, Lenny, Vic and Vince, Jack's unofficially adopted son) dies. He wants his ashes scattered off Margate. His widow, Amy...

  • Jane Odgers

    CharactersJack Arthur Dodds (deceased) - "Dodds and Son Family Butcher, since 1903". Vince Dodds (Vincent Ian Pritchett) - "son" of Jack and Amy. "Dodds' Autos" Ray "Lucky" Johnson - "...if you want t...

  • Frederick

    I won't describe the plot here. You can find that in the Goodreads description. I will make some observations, among them my idea that, whether by design or not, LAST ORDERS is Joycean. It is also acc...

  • Ellen

    What a beautiful, beautiful book. Graham Swift has got to be one of the greatest writers of our generation. This is not a large book, but one should take his time reading to savor his language, his gr...

  • Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)

    I loved this almost as much as Mothering Sunday. This one is very male-focused, populated by a group of bumbling, inarticulate, hard-drinking Londoners on a road trip to scatter their friend Jack's as...