Longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2021. Francis Spufford’s ingenious and miraculously tender novel reimagines the lives of five London children killed in a rocket attack in World War Two.

November 1944. A German rocket strikes London, and five 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 20th century. Because maybe there are always other futures. Other chances.

The 2021 Booker Prize
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Francis Spufford

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Francis Spufford is the author of five highly praised works of non-fiction, most frequently described by reviewers as either ‘bizarre’ or ‘brilliant’, and usually as both.
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I wanted to write something that tried to do justice to the ordinary strangeness of our lives in time

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