The Wall (Paperback)
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The Wall (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 05/09/2019
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Framed against the aftermath of a catastrophic climate disaster known as ‘the Change’, Lanchester paints a deeply compelling picture of a divided nation, committed to defending its walls at all costs. The dark heir of his state-of-the-nation novel Capital, The Wall is a Middle England dystopia for our fractured and uncertain times. A thrillingly apposite allegory of Broken Britain that asks key questions about the choice between personal freedom and national interest.

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights.

The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn't it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?

John Lanchester's thrilling, hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old. It's about a broken world you will recognise as your own-and about what might be found when all is lost.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571298730
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An unsettling, compulsive and brilliant portrait of powerlessness…his best novel.' - The Financial Times

'…one of the first big novels of the year...' - The Guardian

'...the migrant crisis, global warming and the dire generational rift created by Brexit. The results are cracking.' - The Mail

'The Wall is a cracking adventure and an astute political fable.' - The Times

'The Wall certainly sticks in the mind: it is a resonant addition, from out of left field, to the growing body of Brexit literature.' - The Sunday Times

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“Perhaps this is a novel for our times....”

An island nation has built a huge concrete wall around its border as sea levels rise outside. You are to defend your section of the Wall from the Others, unfortunate people trapped amid the rising oceans outside. If... More

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“A dystopia that feels unsettlingly familiar”

John Lanchester's novel is a compelling tale of Us against Others, and how we define who is who. His dystopia starts on the eponymous wall, and made me think of Game of Thrones. However, those manning the wall in... More

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“Simplistic, dull and at times unreadable”

Two dimensional characters and an unoriginal plot make this an almost unreadable attempt at a dystopian future. Characters lacked any measure of depth (especially female characters) and it felt very much like cut... More

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