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The Wall by John Lanchester

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THE WALL by John Lanchester
Narrated by BAFTA winning actor Will Poulter
Available 17th January


BAFTA-winning actor Will Poulter gives an immersive performance of John Lanchester’s long awaited new novel, The Wall.

About the audiobook

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights.

The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else.

He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn’t it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?
John Lanchester’s thrilling, hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old. It’s about a broken world you will recognise as your own—and about what might be found when all is lost.

Read what Will Poulter had to say about narrating the book here.


“John Lanchester writes with such clarity and effectiveness that his prose is a pleasure I always look forward to. His previous novels have all been memorable evocations of the world we're familiar with, but The Wall is something new: almost an allegory, almost a dystopian-future warning, partly an elegant study of the nature of storytelling itself. I was hugely impressed by it.” PHILIP PULLMAN

“Intelligently conceived … The Wall certainly sticks in the mind: it is a resonant addition, from out of left field, to the growing body of Brexit literature.” THE TIMES

“January is obviously far too early to call a book of the year but, come December 2019, I reckon I'll still be raving about this one… FIVE STARS” Alice O’Keefe, THE BOOKSELLER

“A dystopian distillation of our troubled times, and an allegorical glimpse at a still-grimmer future, The Wall reminds us that even as politics corrupts and destroys and presses on undiminished, the soul erupts in surprising places to act as counterpoint and resistance. This patient, direct, suspenseful novel is one such eruption, and a civilizing comfort amid the simmering bloodlust.” JOSHUA FERRIS

“It’s hard to imagine a more vivid expression of the decade’s darkening mood" LITERARY REVIEW

Key Information

CD ISBN: 9781528847452

Download ISBN: 9781528847445  £16.99

Duration: 6 hours 43 minutes (7CDs)

Available through retailers including:
Gardners Books

Physical and digital library editions available 1st February from www.wfhowes.co.uk

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