The Long take

The Long Take

Picador, 2018; Picador paperback, 2019
Knopf, New York, 2018
Anansi, Toronto, 2018
Hanser Verlag, Munich, forthcoming
Editions L’Olivier, Paris, forthcoming
Guanda, Milan, forthcoming
Querido, Amsterdam, forthcoming

Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize for innovative fiction, and the Roehampton Poetry Prize. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.


‘This book will shift something in your soul. By the time you have finished reading it, you won’t quite be the same.’
Elif Shafak

‘Wondrous… Probably the best novel of the year.’
Economist Books of the Year

‘Bold, brilliant, filled with wonderful imagery and meticulously researched, this is as poignant and visual as classic film noir.’
Ian Rankin

The Long Take is a masterly work of art… and almost unbearably moving.’
John Banville, Guardian

‘[a] small masterpiece.’
Claire Armitstead, Guardian

‘An inter-genre tour de force… a ravishing achievement.’
Ocean Vuong

‘One of the most moving records in recent times of human fragility, ambition, injustice, violence, and our deeply troubled path through cities and nature…The Long Take will be remembered for its unparalleled originality, and an uncompromising power of storytelling that transcends the boundaries of film, fiction and poetry.’
Kit Fan, Poetry Review

‘Absolutely stunning…his beautiful verse describes things better than any picture could… The language is astonishing.’
Arifa Akbar, BBC Front Row 

‘An incredible work of poetic imagination, historical scholarship, and an insightful look at how we got to where we are now … Oh, and it’s about as noir it gets.’
Los Angeles Review of Books

‘A pageant of loss, The Long Take is also a lyrical tribute to the power of writing and image to convey, and somehow survive, historic and ongoing suffering and injustice.’
Jacqueline Rose, Booker judge

As a work of art, this dreamlike exploration is a triumph; as a timely allegory, it is disturbingly profound… One of the first major achievements of 21st-century English-language literature.’
Financial Times