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Jon McGregor


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Jon McGregor was born in Bermuda in 1976.

He moved with his family to England and spent his childhood in Norwich and Thetford, Norfolk, later studying at Bradford University for a degree in Media Technology and Production. He started writing seriously during his final year at University, contributing a series entitled 'Cinema 100' to the anthology Five Uneasy Pieces (Pulp Faction). He has had short fiction published by several magazines, including Granta magazine. He has been runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Competition twice, in 2010 and 2011.

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel winner (2003) : If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2006) : So Many Ways to Begin
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel winner (2012) : Even the Dogs
Goldsmiths Prize Best Book nominee (2017) : Reservoir 13
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : Reservoir 13


Jon McGregor recommends
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All Among the Barley (2018)
Melissa Harrison
"An incredible evocation of one particular corner of rural England in the 1930s. Powerful and subtle and richly detailed, this is a book that inhabits its territory, knows its people, and follows its own haunting logic. Some of the great themes of English life are tackled here - class division, the patriarchy, folklore and psychosis, creeping fascism - but rather than being simply ticked off they are instead woven into the narrative with great subtlety and beauty. I've been following Melissa Harrison's work with interest for some time now, and with this novel she's done what I've long suspected she would: she's written a masterpiece."
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The House on Vesper Sands (2018)
Paraic O'Donnell
"I'm not completely sure what the word 'rollicking' means, but I can personally guarantee that The House on Vesper Sands is a rollicking good read. For a novel about grief, estrangement, and the literal stealing of vulnerable young women's souls, this book is a lot more fun than it has any right to be. Paraic O'Donnell's sheer love of his characters is exuberant and infectious; the dialogue crackles with verve and wit, and the plotting is as intricately satisfying as a heavy pocket watch. The setting may be Victorian , but in modern parlance this novel is an absolute banger."
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Doggerland (2019)
Ben Smith
"Both terrifying and hugely enjoyable, I absolutely loved it."

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