Last Orders is a much-loved classic of English literature. It won
both the 1996 Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
In 2001, it was adapted into an award-winning film starring Michael
Caine and Bob Hoskins. Four men once close to Jack Dodds, a London
butcher, meet to carry out his peculiar last wish: to have his
ashes scattered into the sea. For reasons best known to herself,
Jack’s widow, Amy, declines to join them. On the surface the tale
of a simple if increasingly bizarre day’s outing, Last Orders is
Graham Swift’s most poignant exploration of the complexity and
courage of ordinary lives.