David Suchet reads The Buried Giant, the powerful new novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Never Let Me Go and Remains of the Day.
"It's queer the way the world's forgetting people and things from only yesterday and the day before that. Like a sickness come over us all."
The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. In this desolate, uncultivated land of mist and rain, people find that their memories are slipping away from them. They live in an uneasy peace but memories of the wars that once ravaged the country are stirring.
In this time of forgetting, one elderly couple - Axl and Beatrice - are determined to hold onto memories of their life together and have set out to find their long-lost son. On their journey they encounter knights, holy men and warriors. With the she-dragon Querig slain and memory restored, the land faces a dark future as old wounds are laid bare. With Beatrice weakening, the couple continue their journey to find their son but buried memories of their own lives are also stirring.
Ishiguro's first new novel in a decade is a moving, mysterious and deeply philosophical book about how societies remember and forget.
Read by David Suchet
Abridged by Sara Davies
Produced by Mair Bosworth.