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The Booker Prize 1996

The Booker Prize 1996

The Winner

Last Orders

By Graham Swift

Published by Picador 

Four men gather in a London pub. They have taken it upon themselves to carry out the last orders of Jack Dodds, master butcher, and deliver his ashes to the sea. As they drive towards the fulfilment of their mission, their errand becomes an extraordinary journey into their collective and individual pasts. Braiding these men’s voices, and that of Jack’s widow, into a choir of sorrow and resentment, passion and regret, Swift creates a testament to a changing England and to enduring mortality.


The Shortlist

The 1996 Judges

Carmen Callil (Chair) 

Jonathon Coe

Ian Jack

A.L. Kennedy

A.N. Wilson