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A mesmerising new novel from the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient.

In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself – at once both shadowed and luminous – Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn’t know or understand in that time, and it is this journey – through reality, recollection, and imagination – that is told in this magnificent novel.

Reviews

The English Patient author Michael Ondaatje weaves another tale of love, loss and memory against a backdrop of World War II. Warlight revolves around the shadowy nature of memory... The mysteries come together through a complex, non-linear narrative that revisits and revises each development with careful scrutiny.

Lucy Brooks, Culture Whisper

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781787330726

    May 14, 2018

    Jonathan Cape

    RRP $35.00

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  • Hardback

    9781787330719

    May 15, 2018

    Jonathan Cape

    RRP $48.00

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  • EBook

    9781473555099

    May 10, 2018

    Vintage Digital

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Also by Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient
Handwriting
Anil's Ghost
The Cat's Table

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The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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