• Interview with Jon McGregor

    Author(s):
    Caroline Edwards (see profile)
    Date:
    2010
    Group(s):
    CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century
    Subject(s):
    British literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    contemporary fiction, Jon McGregor, 21st Century Literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6Z317
    Abstract:
    In lieu of an abstract, here is the beginning of the article: Born in 1976 in Bermuda, Jon McGregor grew up in Norfolk and currently lives in Nottingham in the UK. 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 26 years old McGregor was the youngest contender – and only first-time novelist – for the Man Booker Prize long list that year. Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, theCommonwealth Writers Prize and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award,If Nobody Speaks went on to win the Betty Task Prize and the Somerset MaughamAward 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 centre, a t-shirt factory and a post room to standing in a bear costume to advertise the new pound shop in Barnsley high street.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Publisher:
    University of Wisconsin Press
    Journal:
    Contemporary Literature
    Volume:
    51
    Issue:
    2
    Start Page:
    217
    End Page:
    245
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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