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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Betty Trask Award
Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize
On a street in a town in the north of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence - street cricket, barbecues, painting windows.... A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening. That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered forever.
Jon McGregor's first novel brilliantly evokes the histories and lives of the people in the street to build up an unforgettable human panorama. Breathtakingly original, humane and moving, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things is an astonishing debut.
©2012 Jon McGregor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"My book of the year. A magical, spellbinding, profound novel." (Maggie O'Farrell, Daily Telegraph)
"A sensationally accomplished debut...a convincing and moving vision of contemporary Britain." (Sunday Times)
"This is a novel of wonders." (Observer)
"This novel owes as much to poetry as it does to prose in its hypnotic portrait of industrialised society.... An assured debut." (The Times)
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By IRJ on 12-26-17

Marvellous book

I came to read Jon McGregor having listened to the Reservoir Diaries on radio 4. I then listened to Reservoir 13 in one sitting. As soon as I finished that , I started with this book. I’ve got So Many Ways to Begin ready to go.

I think he is an amazing writer. In these stories everything happens and nothing happens. There’s no strong narrative drive, and neither really a conclusion. I suppose you could get to the end and be wondering what it was all about. But for me that was the beauty of the story.

Writing in the way he does, it would have been easy one could imagine, to be too circumstantial and use too much detail. The authors precision with language is such that he can provide all the detail to fully believe and get the feel of a vignette, without feeling the need for over elaboration.

The narration by Matt Bates and Melody Grove in my opinion suited the stories perfectly.

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By Graham on 01-15-18

Great descriptive atmosphere

The description of the community reminded me of the detail of Undermilkwood but this also has suspense and surprise.

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