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A fairytale return for Graham Swift

‘Once upon a time’ — as Graham Swift’s novel opens — on Mothering Sunday 1924, a powerful and moving story was about to unfold

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

Mothering Sunday: A Romance Graham Swift

Simon & Schuster, pp.132, £12.99, ISBN: 9781471155239

The opening of Graham Swift’s new novel clearly signals his intent. ‘Once upon a time’ tells us that this will be a book about adversity and triumph. We know, because this is how fairy tales work, that there is the possibility of a happily ever after. And there is the hint too, in these opening lines, that the telling of the story will be as important as the tale itself.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £12.99 Tel: 08430 600033. Ellah Allfrey is a former deputy editor of Granta and former senior editor at Jonathan Cape.

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