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‘Dazzling.’ The Times
‘Exceptional.’ Guardian
‘Brilliant.’ Observer
‘Extraordinary.’ Financial Times

November 1944. A German rocket strikes London, and five young lives are atomised in an instant.

November 1944. That rocket never lands. A single second in time is altered, and five young lives go on – to experience all the unimaginable changes of the twentieth century.

Because maybe there are always other futures. Other chances.

From the best-selling, prize-winning author of Golden HillLight Perpetual is a story of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting. Ingenious and profound, full of warmth and beauty, it is a sweeping and intimate celebration of the gift of life.

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Dazzling … [Spufford is] one of the finest prose stylists of his generation. If his stories grip, his sentences practically glow. — Robert Douglas-Fairhurst ― The Times

Powerful . heartbreaking . [a] boundlessly rich novel. — James Walton ― Daily Telegraph

A brilliant, attention-grabbing, capacious experiment with fiction. — Kate Kellaway ― Observer

Spufford is a tremendously varied and surprising writer … With exceptional care [he] catches the voices and hopes of five not-dead working-class south Londoners, and the people who change and shape them. — Alexandra Harris ― Guardian, Book of the Week

Moving and effortlessly absorbing. — Stephanie Cross ― Daily Mail

The novel’s overarching feat is to resurrect with marvellous vitality not just its central five figures, but six transformative decades of London life. — Peter Kemp ― Sunday Times

Light Perpetual‘s brilliance lies in the emotion and drama it wrings from the ordinary – but profoundly meaningful – experiences of its protagonists. — Alex Preston ― Financial Times

A glorious act of literary resurrection. — Claire Allfree ― Evening Standard

This novel simply excels in the stop-time rapture of noticing. — Boyd Tonkin ― The Arts Desk

A tender, endlessly inventive novel. ― Waterstones, Best Fiction Books to Look Forward to in 2021

Book Description

From the best-selling, prize-winning author of Golden Hill, a novel of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting.

About the Author

Francis Spufford was born in 1964. He is the author of five celebrated books of non-fiction. The most recent, Unapologetic, has been translated into three languages; the one before, Red Plenty, into nine. He has been longlisted or shortlisted for prizes in science writing, historical writing, political writing, theological writing, and writing ‘evoking the spirit of place’. His first novel. Golden Hill, was published in 2016 and won the Costa First Novel Award. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches creative writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and lives near Cambridge., Francis Spufford, a former Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (1997), is the author of five highly-praised books of non-fiction. The first, I May Be Some Time, won three literary prizes, and helped create a small new academic field, dedicated to the cultural history of Antarctica. The second, The Child That Books Built, gave Neil Gaiman ‘the peculiar feeling that there was now a book I didn’t need to write’. Backroom Boys was called ‘as nearly perfect as makes no difference’ by the Daily Telegraph; Red Plenty has been translated into nine languages, including Polish, Russian and Estonian; Unapologetic is richer in expletives than any previous work of religious advocacy, and is currently shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. He has also been shortlisted or longlisted for prizes in writing about science, history, politics and ‘the spirit of place’. He teaches at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge with his wife and younger daughter. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Author can be found online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Spufford

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Weight600 g
Dimensions24 × 18 × 5 cm
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