Like You. Jon McGregor. It looked like a difficult thing for him to say. His hands were shaking. She asked him if it couldn’t wait until after she’d done some work, and he said that there was always something else to do, some other reason to wait and to not talk.
Like You. For Éireann Lorsung, & Matthew Welton.
His debut, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, was a novel dedicated to how the tiny mathematics of human lives can have enormous consequences.
These aren't the sort of things you imagine happening to someone like you. But A man builds a tree house by a. . But A man builds a tree house by a river, in anticipation of the coming flood. A sugar-beet crashes through a young woman's windscreen. A boy sets fire to a barn.
The powerful first collection of short stories by Jon McGregor. Now, after publishing three novels, he's turning his considerable talent toward short fiction. The stories in this beautifully wrought collection explore a specific physical world and the people who inhabit it. Set among the lowlands and levees, the fens and ditches that mark the spare landscape of eastern.
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Jon McGregor's uncanny stories linger long after you have finished them. Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, So Many Ways To Begin, and Even The Dogs. He quietly inserts distinct, convincing voices into vivid and compelling landscapes. This original, beautiful, and haunting book totally captivated me. ―Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia and National Book Award Finalist Eat the Document. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was the runner-up in the 2010 BBC National Short Story Award.
Ten years ago, Jon McGregor's first short story was published in Granta magazine. We are left dangling as the story ends, certain only of the fact that in McGregor's world, terrible things can happen to ordinary people. In Winter The Sky" was about a teenager who, driving back home after a romantic tryst, is so distracted by the warm memory of the girl he has just kissed, that he runs over a man and kills him. He doesn't tell a soul. The collection's title is ironic, and it inverts the moral idea that only the wicked should suffer. Bad things, sad things, even macabre things, happen to the innocent and the good.
Watch Jon McGregor reading from This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like Yo. Encouraged by his doting Aunt Julia, he begins collecting the things that tell his story: a birth certificate, school report cards, annotated cinema and train tickets.
Watch Jon McGregor reading from This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You. Jon McGregor discusses This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You. Read online. 862. Published: 2012. So Many Ways to Begin. After finishing school, he finds the perfect job for his lifetime obsession as curator at a local history museum. His professional and romantic lives take shape as his beloved aunt and mentor's unravel.
Jon McGregor’s direct, unadorned style couldn’t be more suited to this comfortless . Not a book for bedtime, then. But very, very good indeed.
Jon McGregor’s direct, unadorned style couldn’t be more suited to this comfortless landscape, a place of cooling towers, drainage ditches and endless skies. But there is poetry of a kind, too: Memorial Stone is simply a list of local settlements, divided into -thorpes, -hams and –tons. Throughout, omissions and ellipses set the mind racing like a treacherous tide, rushing in to fill the gaps.