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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
Jon McGregor recommends
Pity (2024)
Andrew McMillan
"We already knew that Andrew McMillan could turn a phrase. With his debut novel, he also shows us a rare gift for storytelling. Pity digs deep into the heart and history of South Yorkshire and brings out the black gold of love, longing and loss. A triumph."
We Move (2022)
Gurnaik Johal
"These are excellent stories, told with skill and verve. Gurnaik Johal has a sharp eye for details, an ear for the gaps and evasions in real dialogue, and a heart for the hopes and regrets that carry us through our lives. But most of all, he has the instincts of a storyteller, and in We Move he has put those instincts to great effect."
The Great Mistake (2021)
Jonathan Lee
"A wonderful, compelling, finely-tuned and deeply loveable novel, with a central character who is all of those things too. Jonathan Lee has taken the bare facts of a nearly-forgotten life and turned them into a rich and unforgettable story, told with a relish for language and voice. Mr. Andrew Haswell Green now has permanent lodgings in my brain, and very welcome he is too."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Jon McGregor
Head Land (2016)
10 Years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize
edited by
Rodge Glass
The Best British Short Stories 2012 (2012)
(Best British Short Stories)
edited by
Nicholas Royle
One For The Trouble (2011)
Book Slam 1
edited by
Patrick Neate

More anthologies 

Betty Trask Award Best First Novel winner (2003) : If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2006) : So Many Ways to Begin
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel winner (2012) : Even the Dogs
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : Reservoir 13
Goldsmiths Prize Best Book nominee (2017) : Reservoir 13
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book nominee (2018) : Reservoir 13
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2019) : Reservoir 13

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