The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro

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A contemporary classic and Booker Prize winner, read complete and unabridged by The Wire’s Dominic West

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro’s beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House.

In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside and into his past…

The unfolding story and process of revelation is handled expertly by Dominic West, who carries the listener with him on Stevens’ personal journey.

“A triumph … This wholly convincing portrait of a human life unweaving before your eyes is inventive and absorbing, by turns funny, absurd and ultimately very moving.”
sunday Times

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“A dream of a book: a beguiling comedy of manners that evolves almost magically into a profound and heart-rending study of personality, class and culture”
new York Times Book Review

“A remarkable, strange and moving book”

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of six novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, shortlisted for the Booker Prize).

Kazuo Ishiguro’s work has been translated into thirty languages. The Remains of the Day became an international bestseller, with over one million copies sold in the English language alone, and was adapted into an award-winning film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

In 1995 Ishiguro received an OBE for services to literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.