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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099539582
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $22.99

Noah's Compass

From the Pulitzer prize-winning Sunday Times bestseller Anne Tyler. Noah's Compass is now re-jacketed along with the rest of Tyler's books in striking new backlist style

'As exquisitely observed and quietly brilliant as the rest of Tyler's fiction' Guardian
Liam Pennywell has spent most of his life dodging issues and skirting adventure when suddenly, in his sixty-first year, something happens that jolts him out of his certainty and leaves him with a frightening gap in his memory.

In trying to piece together what took place on his first night in a new apartment, Liam finds instead an unusual woman with secrets of her own, and a late-flowering love that brings its own set of thorny problems...


'One of my favourite authors' Liane Moriarty

'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan

'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve

'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099539582
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons,The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread, Vinegar Girl and Clock Dance.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.

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Praise for Noah's Compass

Anne Tyler draws a comedy that is not so much brilliant as luminous - its observant sharpness sweetened by a generous understanding of human fallibility

Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph

One of my favourite authors, one of the very few I rush out to buy in hardback.

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

A brilliant writer... Funny, wise, tragic.

Lynne Truss, Independent

Written with such heart and humour you'll ration the pages in the hope that it will never end

Kerry Fowler, Good Housekeeping

Another heartfelt, evocative novel from Tyler

Viv Groskop, RED

As exquisitely observed and quietly brilliant as the rest of Tyler's fiction

Joanna Briscoe, Guardian

Anne Tyler is always good value, and this novel, replete with subtle ironies, is characteristic of her lucid style.

Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday

Tyler brings a scorching wisdom, an understanding of what breaks the human spirit, and the ways in which people try to paper the cracks...Limpidly, singingly written, with dialogue to break a scriptwriter's heart

Rosemary Goring, The Sunday Herald

Prose is as bright and pretty as in her best work. The dialogue crackles and there are insightful observations about the way families create stories to explain themselves

John O'Connell, The Times

Her novels have a grace and an emotional depth that few romances can match

Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

Compassionate and funny dissection of the workings of the human heart

Fanny Blake, Woman & Home

Sharply funny, and tenderly wise

Eithne Farry, Marie Claire

A prize of a novel, readable yet with a mood of autumnal sadness liable to sit on the reader's chest for some time after the book is finished...Tyler has her own internal compass and knows just where to steer her narrative arc

Colin Waters, The Herald

Has the surer touch than almost all of the twice as famous among the American novelists of her generation

Karl Miller, Times Literary Supplement

Tyler's deft hand at human comedy keeps you entertained the whole time

Claire Harman, Evening Standard

Noah's Compass is immensely readable. It displays many of Tyler's finest qualities: her sharp observation of humanity, her wry comedy; the luminous accuracy of her descriptions... a novel by Anne Tyler is cause for celebration

Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph

Wonderfully imagined exploration of memory, loss, and relationships, and how we look at our pasts

Paul Blezard, The Lady

Her sterling talent for composing an enthralling story, skilfully paced and enlivened by more than one startling, but eminently satisfying, plot twist, is on display here'

Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Irish Times

Sensitively drawn characters

Clare Longrigg, Psychologies

Anne Tyler is a novelist who has elevated pitch-perfect observation of everyday detail into an art form... a beautifully subtle book, an elegant contemplation of what it means to be happy and the consequences of a defensive withdrawal from other people

Elizabeth Day, Observer

As always with Tyler, the prose flows sweetly from page to page, conjuring up characters so believable you want to thump them

Nina Caplan, Time Out

Tyler brilliantly anatomises everyday life... Her novels have emotional depth and engaging with her characters is a pleasure

Sunday Times

Tyler has composed a four-act drama in the form of a novel. There is nothing extraneous and nothing overly dramatic here, and in that lies her very considerable strength as a writer

Isobel Montgomery, Guardian

Reading Tyler's novels often feels like slipping into favourite pyjamas: her 18th is just as comfortable and comforting. Combining a light-hearted David Lodge-like meditation on old age with the domestic dysfunction of a soap set in Middle American, her simple, nuanced prose reveals some lovely twists.

Laura Silverman, Daily Mail

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