Reservoir 13 (Paperback)Jon McGregor (author)
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Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2018
Shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize 2017
Winner of the 2017 Costa Book Awards Novel Award
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017
Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss.
Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home.
Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.
As the seasons unfold there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together or break apart. There are births and deaths; secrets kept and exposed; livelihoods made and lost; small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals. Bats hang in the eaves of the church and herons stand sentry in the river; fieldfares flock in the hawthorn trees and badgers and foxes prowl deep in the woods - mating and fighting, hunting and dying.
An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a stranger's tragedy refuse to subside.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
'Making clarity gleam with poetry, McGregor again highlights the remarkable in the everyday' - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
'Mcgregor slowly builds a compelling picture of a rural community' - The Observer
'A novel of quiet, marvellous ambition' - Daily Telegraph
'Award-winning Jon McGregor defies expectations with this superbly crafted and mesmerizingly atmospheric portrait of an unnamed Yorkshire village... Unsentimental and occasionally very funny, this is a haunting, beautiful book' - Daily Mail
'So beautifully written' - Mail on Sunday
'A triumph' - TheTelegraph
'A work of intense, forensic noticing; an unobtrusively experimental, thickly atmospheric portrait of the life of a village which, for its mixture of truthfulness and potency, deserves to be set alongside works of such varied brilliance as Ronald Blythe's Akenfield, Jim Crace's Harvest and Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood' - Sarah Crown, TLS
'This is a book quite unlike anything I have read before. There's a hypnotic pull to the narrative, which has an irresistibly cumulative effect: in time I felt intimately immersed in a community traumatised by tragedy. Moreover McGregor writes with rare grace and integrity, and with such exquisite care the reader would be hard-pressed to find an infelicitous syllable, still less a word or phrase. If people were not already aware that here is one of our most accomplished living writers, they certainly will be now' - Sarah Perry
'A wonderful book. He's an extraordinary writer, unlike anyone else' - Paula Hawkins
'Absolutely magnificent; one of the most beautiful, affecting novels I've read in years. The prose is alive and ringing. There is so much space and life in every sentence. I don't know how he's done it. It's beautiful` - Eimear McBride
'If you don't yet know you should read novels by Jon McGregor, then I can't help you' - Evie Wyld
'McGregor's latest novel is a remarkable achievement... Fluid and fastidious, its sparing loveliness feels deeply true to its subject. There are moments, as in life, of miraculous grace, but no more than that...(a) humane and tender masterpiece' - Irish Times
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Thank you for the early proof, it is a while since I have read any Jon McGregor and I had forgotten just how beautifully descriptive his books are.
It just leaves you wanting to read more and more.
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As a huge fan of McGregor I was fortunate enough to read a proof of this title. It is in keeping with his previous work. Poetic and using his idiosyncratic sentence structure, McGregor investigates the sense of loss... More
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