Thought-provoking and unsettling by turns, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel gradually unveils the true nature of three children’s apparently happy childhoods.

Kathy, Ruth and Tommy were pupils at Hailsham - an idyllic establishment situated deep in the English countryside. The children were sheltered entirely from the outside world and brought up to believe they were special. But why were they really there? Now 31, Kathy looks back on the past and narrates the haunting story of how she and her two friends slowly came to confront the truth about their past - and about their futures.

The Man Booker Prize 2005
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Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro’s works of fiction have earned him many honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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Other nominated books by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun
When We Were Orphans
The Remains of the Day
Prize winner
An Artist of the Floating World