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Last Orders by Graham Swift
Macmillan 1996

Four men once close to Jack Dodds, a London butcher, meet to carry out his last wish - to have his ashes scattered into the sea. On the surface a tale of a simple if increasingly bizarre day's outing, this richly surprising novel is a poignant exploration of the complexity and courage of ordinary lives.
Graham Swift was born in London. Last Orders won the 1996 Booker Prize.

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