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    Interview with Jon McGregor

    Edwards, Caroline (2010) Interview with Jon McGregor. Contemporary Literature 51 (2), pp. 217-245. ISSN 0010-7484.

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    Born in 1976 in Bermuda, Jon McGregor grew up in Norfolk, England, and currently lives in Nottingham. McGregor came to literary prominence with the publication of his first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (Bloomsbury, 2002). The novel was an immediate success, and at just twenty-six years old, McGregor was the youngest contender—and only first-time novelist—for the Man Booker Prize long list that year. Short-listed for the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, If Nobody Speaks went on to win the Betty Trask Award and the Somerset Maugham Award in 2003. This critical success enabled McGregor to write full-time, move out of his narrow boat, and give up his various part-time jobs, which had ranged from working in a call center, a T-shirt factory, and a post office to standing in a bear costume to advertise the new pound shop in Barnsley high street.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 17:17
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:34


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