The Wall

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Faber & Faber, Limited, Jan 17, 2019 - Dystopias - 276 pages
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.

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John Lanchester has some points he wants to make, and he makes them with all the finesse of a drunkard with a sledgehammer. He wants our generation to think about the effects our actions, or lack of ... Read full review

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After an ecological disaster makes much of the earth uninhabitable, a massive wall is built around an unnamed island nation (most likely England) to keep people from devastated areas, known as the ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

John Lanchester was the deputy editor of the London Review of Books and the restaurant critic for the London Observer. He is the author of a second novel, Mr. Phillips, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker. He lives in London.

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