Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go: 20th anniversary edition

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 25/02/2010
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Never Let Me Go
Perfect English Melancholy with a twist
Melancholic. This is about the only word that can be used to describe this book, it is there from the start to the end. Always on the verge of crying. Th... READ MORE
Stephen B at Darlington
Never Let Me Go
A Masterpiece
First of all, it's better to go into reading this with knowing as little as possible as to what to expect from the story and genre. What I will say is that... READ MORE
Sarah at Llandudno


In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England.

Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world.

A story of love, friendship and memory, *Never Let Me Go* is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571258093
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 253g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

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Never Let Me Go
A Surprising Twist From A Wonderful Novel
A wonderfully deep story about love, life and what we take for granted in our remarkably comfortable existence in the modern world, Ishiguro has written a ... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
I picked up this novel as my 'free book' in the Waterstones 3 for 2 and I'm so glad I did. With a relatively simple literary style, Ishiguro tells his tale... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
An excellent read, a haunting novel that kept my attention throughout. The dialogue was very straightforward in stark contrast to the intricate weavings of... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
Great book.....certainly has you thinking!
Fiona Sharp
Never Let Me Go
Uniquely heartbreaking
The premise of this book is what initially caught my eye. I thought wow this is really different but I wasn't sure whether I wanted to actually read it. I'... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
Moving, chilling, unique
I was gripped by this exceptional novel from the very first page and had finished it within two days. I had already read The Remains of The Day and was exp... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
A Strange Ethereal Story
It starts in a school which has guardians rather than teachers and you slowly get the impression that there is something unique and about the children and ... READ MORE
Half Man Half Book
Never Let Me Go
Touching ...
I had to read this book for A Level English Literature. I must say I loved this book a lot. It has such a controversial and provocative story yet Ishiguro... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
Loved it!!!!
I started reading Never let me go after seeing all the positive reviews and the movie coming out and it turned up to be even better then I expected. Very f... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
Just so good!
I can't decide if the writing in this book is poor or very clever. I didn't much care for the writing but the fact I have given it five stars in spite of t... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
Slightly underwhelming
it's so nice to have time off to read books to my heart's content. One of the books on my "to read" pile was this dystopian future novel, where cloning is ... READ MORE
Read too much
Never Let Me Go
Absolutely wonderful
I really enjoyed this book. It was clever, thought-provoking. I don't normally go for 'sci-fi' books but this was amazing (is it sci-fi?)
Books Loves
Never Let Me Go
Understated teenage dystopia
The real horror of this dystopian narrative doesn’t really hit the reader until quite a way in to Kathy’s understated/innocent narrative. Now a young adult... READ MORE
Carol  Groves
Never Let Me Go
What it means to be human
This is seemingly a quiet book, but beneath the surface is a disturbing and very dark story which, at its centre, asks what it means to be truly human. Do ... READ MORE
Roman Clodia
Never Let Me Go
Novel about friendship in a dystopian Britain. Original and well told
This book deals with the friendship between three people at the home where they are growing up and later on after they left it. Kath, Ruth and Tommy are to... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
Another classic from the Master.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Kazuo Ishiguro has been one of my favourite authors ever since I read The Remains of The Day. His skill at delving into... READ MORE
Mary Price
Never Let Me Go
This may appeal to other readers, but it most certainly wasn't for me, ridiculous, gloomy and unrealistic - maybe that's the point, but I won't be reading ... READ MORE
Christine Lewis
Never Let Me Go
Sad, clever and chilling
A book about memory, acceptance and friendship, Never Let Me Go tells the story of a 31 years-old woman as she reflects on her life. It is told from her pe... READ MORE
Jay Sefton
Never Let Me Go
Set in an alternate Britain, Never Let Me Go is a part-mystery, part-dystopian sci-fi thriller that grips from the start. Kath, now in her early thirties, ... READ MORE
Holly McCann
Never Let Me Go
Eye opening with a sense of nostalgia
Very interesting book, takes a look into morals and what makes something human. Following Kathy and her recollection of her childhood you learn with her an... READ MORE
Cairo Carr
Never Let Me Go
Subtle, creepy and sad
A beautiful but ultimately incredibly sad story. I haven't seen the film and only read this because it is included on many "books to read before you die" ... READ MORE
Analogue Holly
Never Let Me Go
Very silly
He's thought: If Huxley or Orwell can write a dystopian novel so can I. He did. But the difference is his is rubbish. Even in a dystopian novel, the idea ... READ MORE
David Moffatt
Never Let Me Go
Best book ever
I loved this book, there are so many ethical issues and it could be a possibility in another reality or in the far future?? This is sad and wonderful at th... READ MORE
Maria Feist
Never Let Me Go
I was blown away
Having recently read "The Remains of the Day" by this author, "Never Let Me Go" came as a real surprise. I loved "Remains" but this book is an entirely dif... READ MORE
Dawn Lewis
Never Let Me Go
Beautifully Written & Strangely Compelling!
Completely out of my comfort zone - but strangely enjoyable! Thirty-one year old Kath reminisces about her childhood and how it's all brought her to where... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
A truly immense and unforgettable read
Never Let Me Go is a ground-breaking novel that, at its heart, tenderly explores the meaning and purpose of life. The book is narrated by Kathy, a thirt... READ MORE
Never Let Me Go
Amazingly creepy.
Iv never had a book affect my emotions as much as this did. It’s so creepy and disturbing but written in a fluent style that makes it so believable. No won... READ MORE
Paul White