This Is Not a Novel

This Is Not a Novel

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Johnny, an outstanding young swimmer, went missing nearly thirty years ago: drowned, or so everyone except his sister Imogen believes. How could this have happened? Encouraged, pushed even, from a child by his father, Johnny could have made the Olympic team, couldn't he? As Imogen gradually pieces together bits of her family history, we hear the tragic echoes that connect her with the Great War and Ireland in the nineteen-twenties.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0747269467
  • 9780747269465
  • 761,923

About Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize (THE OLD JEST), the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS), the Yorkshire Post Award, Best Book of the Year (twice, for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON?). She has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, with SHADOWS ON OUR SKIN, and has won the Irish Book Awards Lifetime Achievement prize, in company with Seamus Heaney, John Banville and John McMahon
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Characteristically wry [and] intelligent * Eileen Battersby, Irish Times * Characters damaged by their upbringing are Jennifer Johnston's metier, and echoes are a favourite motif. In what is, despite its title, a very fine novel, the tragedies of her family's past recur as Imogen's words resound off the coastal bay. A taut narrative, pared prose and lyrical imagery add up to a sad affirmation of Philip Larkin's adage * Saturday Telegraph * The quiet, elegiac prose is well sustained * Guardian *
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The quiet, elegiac prose is well sustained Guardian
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128 ratings
3.47 out of 5 stars
5 16% (20)
4 34% (44)
3 37% (47)
2 9% (11)
1 5% (6)
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