About the Book

From the author of ‘The Underground Railroad', Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

‘John Henry Days' is a novel of extraordinary scope and mythic power. It established Colson Whitehead as a pre-eminent American writer of our time.

Building the railways that made America, John Henry died with a hammer in his hand moments after competing against a steam drill in a battle of endurance. The story of his death made him a legend.

Over a century later, J. Sutter, a freelance journalist and accomplished expense account abuser, is sent to West Virginia to cover the launch of a new postage stamp at the first 'John Henry Days' festival.

John Henry Days is a riveting portrait of America. Through a patchwork of interweaving histories Colson Whitehead triumphantly reveals how a nation creates its present through the stories it tells of its past.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781841155708
  • ISBN 10: 1841155705
  • Imprint: 4th Estate - GB
  • On Sale: 31/07/2002
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 19.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General


Colson Whitehead was born in New York City in 1969 and graduated from Harvard College in 1991. He has written four novels, including the Pulitzer-Prize-nominated John Henry Days. He has written for, amongst others, the New York Times, Salon and Village Voice.

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