Graham Swift (7065 words)

  • Wendy Wheeler (London Metropolitan University)
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Graham Swift was born in South East London in May 1949. He was educated at Dulwich College (as were C. S. Forrester, P. G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler) and at Cambridge University where he read English and became acquainted with the Fens, the setting for his novel, Waterland. After leaving Cambridge, Swift spent three years at the University of York researching a PhD thesis on “The City in Nineteenth Century English Literature”. However, he had wished to be a writer since adolescence and so abandoned his academic career in order to pursue this ambition. After one year of teaching English in Greece, he returned to London and taught O and A level English at Colleges of Further Education in order to finance his writing. He …

Wheeler, Wendy, Anastasia Logotheti. "Graham Swift". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2001; last revised 07 September 2016.
[, accessed 24 October 2016.]

Articles on Swift's works

  1. England and Other Stories
  2. Ever After
  3. Last Orders
  4. Learning to Swim and Other Stories
  5. Making an Elephant: Writing from within
  6. Mothering Sunday
  7. Out of This World
  8. Shuttlecock
  9. The Light of Day
  10. The Sweet Shop Owner
  11. Tomorrow
  12. Waterland
  13. Wish You Were Here