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Description - Breath by Michael Symmons Roberts

A powerful novel from the Whitbread-winning author of Patrick's Alphabet.

In a country recovering from a brutal and divisive civil war, a young boy, Jamie, is knocked off his bike and dies in a city street. His father agrees to allow one of Jamie's lungs to be removed and flown over the border for a transplant.As the night unfolds and the plane travels across the war-ravaged country, we see the drama from three different perspectives- the father, grieving for the son he perhaps never knew well enough; the lung's recipient, an old man fighting for breath; and in the turbulent sky between them, the young pilot who is closest to Jamie - or at least to his breath, his spirit, his voice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099497233
ISBN-10: 0099497239
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts has published four collections of poetry, including Corpus, which won the 2004 Whitbread Poetry Award. His first novel, Patrick's Alphabet, was published in 2006. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James MacMillan and is also an award-winning radio writer and documentary film-maker.

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