Books


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This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You

This Isn’t The Sort Of Thingis a collection of stories published by Bloomsbury.

Set in the narrow confines of the Lincolnshire fens, these stories nevertheless cover a broad range of forms and styles. A man builds a treehouse by a river, in anticipation of a coming flood. A sugar-beet crashes through a young woman’s windscreen. A boy sets fire to a barn. A pair of itinerant labourers sit by a lake, talking about shovels and sex, while fighter-planes fly low overhead and prepare for war.

These aren’t the sorts of things you imagine happening to someone like you. But sometimes they do.

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Even the Dogs

Even The Dogs is published by Bloomsbury.

It’s a novel about a man found dead in his flat. It’s about what happens to a man’s body after it’s found, and it’s about what happened to him and the people around him in the days and weeks and years leading up to his death. It’s dark, and raw, and mournful and exhilarating and edged – just – with a glimmer of hope.

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So Many Ways To Begin

So Many Ways To Begin was published by Bloomsbury in 2006, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Set in Coventry, Aberdeen, and Donegal, and ranging across most of the 20th century, the novel tells the story of David Carter, a museum curator haunted by the gaps in his own history, and Eleanor, his wife, as she struggles with the memory of hers. Stephanie Merrit, in the Observer, described the novel as “a tender and often beautifully poetic rendering of the unremarkable.” Which was nice of her.

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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was published by Bloomsbury in 2002, and won the Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham awards as well as being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Set on the last day of summer in 1997, on a street in an inner-city neighbourhood, the novel explores the lives and relationships of people who don’t even know each other’s names; ordinary events unfolding while the day builds towards a shocking climax which will be remembered some years later by a young woman who was there and now finds a reason to look back.

For more details, background, reviews, and other resources about If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, including a map of the street in which it was set, go here.