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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.
 
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


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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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