Wednesday 23 June 2021 | 7:00pm

Book Club: Jon McGregor

Wednesday 23 June 2021 | 7:00pm

Book Club: Jon McGregor

£6.00 - Single event ticket
Join Jon McGregor and Alex Clark for our monthly book club as they unpick his highly acclaimed and explosive novel Reservoir 13.

This event is part of our online Book Club series, in which we’ll be delving between the covers to examine the merits of a carefully chosen and remarkable book. You are invited to join in, as host Alex Clark settles down with a writer or fellow book lover for an entertaining evening of sparkling chat. If possible, do read the book in advance for maximum enjoyment.  

‘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 

We’re delighted to be welcoming Jon McGregor back to the festival, this time to talk us through his masterpiece of a novel: Reservoir 13.  

McGregor takes a grimly familiar narrative of a missing teenage girl, rekindling an archetypal storyline that becomes all the more chilling in its masterful meditation on the passage of time.  

As the seasons unfold in the quiet English village shaken by the girl’s loss, some people leave whilst others are pulled back; some come together, others break apart. There are births and deaths; secrets kept and exposed; livelihoods made and lost; small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals.  

Don’t miss your chance to ask your questions directly to the author and unravel the powerful narrative of this extraordinary novel. 

Further Reading Recommendations:

  • Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor 
  • The Reservoir TapesJon McGregor 
  • If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Jon McGregor 
  • So Many Ways to Begin, Jon McGregor 
  • Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor review – a chilling meditation on loss and time’, Tessa Hadley, The Guardian

Author Biography

Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Prize, and Somerset Maugham Award, and has been longlisted for the Booker Prize three times. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. He was born in Bermuda in 1976, grew up in Norfolk, and now lives in Nottingham. His most recent novel is Lean, Fall, Stand. 

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