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Even the Dogs - Jon McGregor

Even the Dogs - Jon McGregor

Note… only the true first editions of this award-winning novel have flexi-covers

Title: Even the Dogs

Author:  Jon McGregor

ISBN:  9780747599449

Weight:  513 g

Signed first edition, first print flexi-cover original



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Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor

“They break down the door at the end of December and carry his body away”

On a still and frozen day between Christmas and New Year, a man’s body is found lying in his ruined flat.  Found, and then taken away, examined, investigated and cremated.

As the state begins its detailed, dispassionate inquest, the man embarks on his last journey through a world he has not ventured into, alive, for years.  In his wake, a series of fractured narratives emerge from squats and alleyways across the city: the short and stark story of the man, and of his friends who look on from the shadows, keeping vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage.

As they watch, their stories unfurl layer by layer; stories of lives fallen through the cracks, hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and the havoc wrought by drugs, distress, and the disregard of the wider world.

Intense, exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society; littered with love, loss, despair and a glimpse of redemption.

Peer & Press Reviews

McGregor brings the underclass we instinctively turn away from into razor-sharp and sympathetic focus.  A stone cold brilliant achievement.

John Harvey, author of the Charlie Resnick series

A poignant howl from the underbelly of British society…  In language that is rich with intonation and held together by a deep internal rhythm, McGregor guides his reader through the “needles, knives and cigarettes, cutting and burning and piercing”…  Even the Dogs leaves the reader with a sense of solidarity, and many moments of tenderness.  McGregor’s register of battered lives reads like a eulogy to the human heart.


Absolutely OUTSTANDING… the section where he talks about the soldier being blown up and the heroin being processed is one of the best I have ever read… an incredible book, I just adored it.

Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Even the Dogs
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

Published on the 01 February 2010, this flexi bound book is the true first edition of this novel.  (A hardcover and mass-market paperback were published simultaneously on 16 February 2010.)

The book also has a first state cover: only one review quote (Mark Haddon’s) and no reference to the International Dublin Literary Award.

The flexi-cover has a textured cloth finish, round spine and decorative gold head and tail bands.  The endpapers are cream and the text is printed on a quality cream paper.

Overall condition: Very fine
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes International Dublin Literary Award 2012 – winner
Book Stats
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Books GmbH, Germany
ISBN 13: 9780747599449
Format: Flexi-cover (textured cloth finish)
Pages: 195
Size (h x w x d): 221 x 140 x 16mm
Design Credits
Cover design: David Mann
Cover photograph: Corbis

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