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Bernard MacLaverty

UK flag (b.1942)

Bernard MacLaverty  was born in Belfast (14.9.42) and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Scotland with his wife, Madeline, and four children. He has been a Medical Laboratory Technician, a mature student, a teacher of English and occasionally a Writer-in-Residence (Universities of Aberdeen, Augsburg, Liverpool John Moore’s and Iowa State). After living for a time in Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay he now lives in Glasgow. He is a member of Aosdana in Ireland.

Genres: Literary Fiction

Non fiction
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1997) : Grace Notes
Saltire Literary Awards Best Book winner (1997) : Grace Notes
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1997) : Grace Notes
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1997) : Grace Notes
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2019) : Midwinter Break

Bernard MacLaverty recommends
Greyhound for Breakfast (1987)
James Kelman
"Superbly crafted and a joy to read. Read it for yourself."
Vivaldi and the Number 3 (2004)
Ron Butlin
"It's not often you get composer-inspired surrealism... I enjoyed these very much."
Travelling in a Strange Land (2018)
David Park
"This is a father and son novel of rare intensity. We are taken on an unforgettable winter journey and, like in a skid, we have no idea which way we'll be facing by the end. He writes with a focus and precision which wrings the heart."
West (2018)
Carys Davies
"West is a journey and a wonder. A man leaves what he loves and goes west in search of the amazing. A story concerned with value and language, love and absence, life and death. A debut of real distinction."
Life Sentences (2021)
Billy O'Callaghan
"Momentous and epic storytelling."

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