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**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018**



An elegiac, dreamlike novel set in post-WW2 London about memory, family secrets and lies, from the internationally acclaimed author of The English Patient



`The past never remains in the past...'



London, 1945. The capital is still reeling from the war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel are abandoned by their parents who leave the country on business, and are left in the dubious care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. Nathaniel is introduced to The Moth's band of criminal misfits and is caught up in a series of teenage misadventures, from smuggling greyhounds for illegal dog racing to lovers' trysts in abandoned buildings at night.



But is this eccentric crew really what and who they claim to be? And most importantly, what happened to Nathaniel's mother? Was her purported reason for leaving true? What secrets did she hide in her past? Years later Nathaniel, now an adult, begins to slowly piece together using the files of intelligence agencies - and through reality, recollection and imagination - the startling truths of puzzles formed decades earlier.



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`A novel of shadowy brilliance' The Times



`Fiction as rich, as beautiful, as melancholy as life itself, written in the visionary language of memory' Observer



`Ondaatje brilliantly threads the mysteries and disguises and tangled loyalties and personal yearnings of the secret world...and has constructed something of real emotional and psychological heft, delicate melancholy and yet, frequently, page-turning plottiness. I haven't read a better novel this year.' Telegraph

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 15/05/2018 ISBN-13: 9781787330719  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Michael Ondaatje is the author of several novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. Among his many Canadian and international recognitions, his novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize, and was adapted into a multi-award winning Oscar movie; and Anil's Ghost won the Giller Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Prix Medicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.

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I bought this novel because I love 'The English Patient' which the author also wrote. Warlight isn't quite up to that standard but it's also a powerful, well-written novel about secrets and lies.

- 26/08/2018
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This is a good novel although not one of my favourites that would be 'Anil's Ghost' and 'Billy the Kid'. War light is that kind of opaque surface that provides protection against an enemy but also allows all kinds of misdeeds to be pursued. The protagonist's family is eviscerated by war with no-one really understanding anyone and secrets filed away and only some can be disclosed. The ending is powerful and unexpected with the main character faced with an uncertain future. Ondaatje's writing always poetic and enlightening. Recommended.

- 01/08/2018
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