Sorrow and resentment mingle with passion and regret in Graham Swift’s Booker Prize-winning testament to a changing England and to enduring mortality.
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 into the sea. For reasons she does not disclose, Jack’s widow, Amy, declines to join them. As the men drive towards the fulfilment of their mission, their errand becomes an extraordinary journey into their collective and individual pasts.