Light Perpetual

Light Perpetual

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/02/2022
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Light Perpetual
Poignant stories of lives that could have been
It's certainly an eye-catching storyline: 5 young children are obliterated by a German WWII rocket in 1944 - "Here are the futures they might have known." ... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford


Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021. November 1944. A German rocket incinerates a South London household-goods store, and five young lives are atomised in an instant. Jo and Valerie and Alec and Ben and Vernon are gone. But what if it were possible to resurrect them - to let them experience the extraordinary, unimaginable changes of the twentieth century; to live out all the personal triumphs and disasters, the second chances and redemptions denied them? What kind of future would there be for clever, impulsive Alec? What would happen to Val in the world of men, beckoning beyond her all-female household? What would become of Vern's greed - and his helplessness in the face of song? Would light or darkness fill Ben's fragile mind? And where would Jo go, with the music playing in her head? Ingenious and profound, full of warmth and beauty, Light Perpetual is a story of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting - a sweeping and intimate celebration of the gift of life.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571336494
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 279g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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Light Perpetual
An achingly beautiful read
Beautifully written with poetry in each sentence, this book follows the "what if" lives of five children, if only they had survived that November Saturday ... READ MORE
Lou B