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Title: Wish You Were Here
Authors: Swift, Graham
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336
Year: 2010
Publisher: Picador
Language: English
Description: The Luxtons have been Devon farmers for generations but the changing face of the English countryside has put paid to that. Jack (and his wife Ellie) now manage a caravan park on the Isle of Wight. When his younger brother Tom is killed while fighting in Iraq, it is crisis time for Jack, a gentle man haunted by his past and the tragedies his family have suffered.

Beautifully crafted and with a subtle build-up of tension, this is the story of an ordinary man confronting grief and loss.

Comments from Groups:

Rather than enjoying this book, our group was divided in finding it either compelling or a hard read. We had a lively discussion and those who hadn't finished it would be doing so. Christchurch 010

A challenging read, not one you'd give to everybody. Various comments from members: long slog; well written; ended up absolutely engrossed; wouldn't recommend it; remarkable; depressing. Taupo 004

We all liked the book. Reservations expressed by some members about the degree of detail for some minor characters. Wellington 001

Most people said they wouldn't recommend the book but during the discussion we found many points of interest. Havelock 005

Most of our members thought this book was well-written, but it was only after the discussion that their opinion of it improved as we began to see how it was constructed. Most members found it hard going until the final chapter, which was really gripping. Lower Hutt 004

Only two of our nine enjoyed this book. Most found it too gloomy. However the two who enjoyed it felt motivated to read more by this author. Auckland 277
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Relationships

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