Making an elephant: writing from within

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In his first-ever work of nonfiction, the Booker Prize–winning author of such acclaimed novels as Waterland and Last Orders gives us a highly personal book: a singular and open-spirited account of a writer’s life.As generous in its scope as it is acute in its observations, Making an Elephant brings together a richly varied selection of essays, portraits, poetry and interviews, full of insights into Graham Swift’s passions and motivations, and wise about the friends, family and other writers who have mattered to him over the years. Kazuo Ishiguro advises on how to choose a guitar; Salman Rushdie arrives for Christmas under guard; Caryl Phillips shares a beer with the author at a nightclub in Toronto. There are private moments with his father and with his own younger self, as well as musings on history, memory and imagination that illuminate the work of a writer who, in his fiction, regards it as “a mark of achievement” when his own voice and presence vanish into his characters.A journey through place and time, conversation, encounters and ideas, Making an Elephant brims with charm and candor, an alertness to experience and a true engagement with words—in short, with what it means to believe that writing and reading are an essential part of living.
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table_of_contents Santa's clinic: Croydon, 1955 -- Isaac Babel: Greece, 1967 -- Greece again: 1974 -- Negronis with Alan: Kensington, 1976 -- Guildhall farce: 1983 -- Talking to Patrick: New York and London, 1984-86 -- Buying a guitar with Ish: Nagasaki, 1954-60 -- In the bamboo club with Caz: Toronto, 1986 -- Looking for Jiří Wolf: Prague. 1989 -- Filming the Fens: Norfolk and Twickenham, 1991 -- Making an elephant: Sydenham, 1922-92 -- Poems -- Santa again: Christmas with Mr Brown, 1989-99 -- Reading aloud: Cheltenham and everywhere, 1991 -- I do like to be beside the seaside: Nice, 1997 -- Fishing with Ted: Devon, 1998 -- Filming again, with Fred: Canterbury Cathedral, 2000 -- Local history and an interview: Wandsworth, 1851-2005 -- Michel de Montaigne: Périgord, 1533-92.
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