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So Many Ways to Begin

(2006)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
'These broken pieces were all he had; like keepsakes pulled from the ruins, like photo albums tied to mattresses on the carts of refugees. Fragile traces, dug from the cold wet earth. Fragile traces which would one day crumble into dust.' Coventry Museum curator David Carter - a man driven constantly to seek the thrill of old stories made new - cannot help but wish for more: that his wife would still be the ambitious and sparkling Scottish girl he once found so irresistible, that his job could live up to the promise it once held, that his daughter's arrival will bring her parents closer together. But Auntie Julia's careless words years earlier have left David restless with the knowledge that his whole life has been constructed around an untruth. And so he attempts to begin anew, cataloguing the joys and disappointments, the migrations and arrivals, the intersecting lives around him. Because once, long ago, a young Irish girl called Mary Friel arrived in war-time London an innocent and left carrying a shame; a shame she still hopes can be diminished by a knock at the door of her Donegal home. There are so many ways to begin, and to live; so many ways to love, and to not love, and to end. Against the backdrop of post-WW2 Britain, Jon McGregor's lyrical, intimate novel explores what happens when our lives fail to take the turns we expect, and the ways we learn to let go of the people we might have been.

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March 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin: A Novel
Author(s): Jon McGregor
ISBN: 1-59691-222-7 / 978-1-59691-222-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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August 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
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ISBN: 0-7475-7946-6 / 978-0-7475-7946-5 (UK edition)
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
Author(s): Jon McGregor
ISBN: 1-84632-605-2 / 978-1-84632-605-9 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
Author(s): Jon McGregor
ISBN: 0-00-821867-6 / 978-0-00-821867-6 (UK edition)
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin: A Novel
Author(s): Jon McGregor
ISBN: 1-59691-485-8 / 978-1-59691-485-8 (USA edition)
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
Author(s): Jon McGregor
ISBN: 0-7475-8597-0 / 978-0-7475-8597-8 (UK edition)
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
Author(s): Jon McGregor
ISBN: 0-7475-8938-0 / 978-0-7475-8938-9 (UK edition)
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August 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
Author(s): Jon McGregor
ISBN: 0-7475-8413-3 / 978-0-7475-8413-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
Author(s): Jon McGregor
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February 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
Author(s): Jon McGregor
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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January 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin
Author(s): Jon McGregor
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December 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: So Many Ways to Begin: A Novel
Author(s): Jon McGregor
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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