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The Wall

Fiction: Political
Unabridged   6.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/05/2019

Kirkus Best Fiction of 2019
2019 Man Booker Prize

The Wall

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684419395
Digital Download ISBN:9781684419401


The bestselling author of The Debt to Pleasure and Capital returns with a chilling fable for our time.

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Product Description

The bestselling author of The Debt to Pleasure and Capital returns with a chilling fable for our time.

Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall—an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and are a constant threat. Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse: being put to sea and made an Other himself. Beset by cold, loneliness, and fear, Kavanagh tries to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant, even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders. A dark part of him wonders whether it would be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if he had to fight for his life . . .

John Lanchester—acclaimed as "an elegant and wonderfully witty writer" (New York Times) and "a writer of rare intelligence" (Los Angeles Times)—has written a taut, hypnotic novel of a broken world and what might be found when all is lost. The Wall blends the most compelling issues of our time—rising waters, rising fear, rising political division—into a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival.


“Dystopian fiction done just right, with a scenario that’s all too real.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

“Listeners will be captivated by this timely story and tempted to listen through without stopping.” —AudioFile

Author Bio

John Lanchester is the author of five novels, including the bestselling Debt to Pleasure and Capital, as well as several works of nonfiction. His books have won the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.