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Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor

Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor

Title: Reservoir 13

Author:  Jon McGregor

ISBN:  9780008204853

Weight:  869g

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Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

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.

From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs, Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss.

Peer & Press Reviews

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, author of The Essex Serpent

Even by the standards of his mature work, McGregor’s latest novel is a remarkable achievement…  Fluid and fastidious, its sparing loveliness feels deeply true to its subject.  …(a) humane and tender masterpiece.

Irish Times

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, author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

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Title: Reservoir 13
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes: Man Booker Prize 2017 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: 4th Estate
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780008204853
ISBN 10: 0008204853
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 325
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 35mm
Design Credits
Jacket photograph: Shutterstock

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