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Andrew O'Hagan

Scotland (b.1968)

Andrew O'Hagan is one of his generation's most exciting and most serious chroniclers of contemporary Britain. He has twice been nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He was voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He lives in London.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1999) : Our Fathers
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2001) : Our Fathers
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2003) : Personality
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2006) : Be Near Me
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2015) : The Illuminations

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Moving Kings (2017)
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The Dollmaker (2019)
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A Theatre for Dreamers (2020)
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Wild Pets (2021)
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Small Things Like These (2021)
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"A true gift of a book… Reading it brings a sublime Chekhovian shock."
Love Marriage (2022)
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The Young Accomplice (2022)
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