Jon McGregor is a novelist, and Britain's second-best short story writer. His most recent book is the short story collection, This Isn't The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. You can follow him on Twitter @jon_mcgregor. See below for recent news.


Book of a Lifetime

Writer Jess Richards recently shared in The Independent why her Book of a Lifetime is one of Jon McGregor’s. Find out more here.

Penny for their thoughts

Tickets are now available to hear Jon McGregor in conversation with another British short story writer, Sarah Hall, and they only cost a penny. As part of the Summer Reads programme, you can hear Jon and Sarah give readings and discuss their writing for a special Penny Reads event at Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library in July. Go here to reserve your ticket for free and pay just a penny on the door.

In conversation with George Saunders

Jon McGregor will be talking short stories with George Saunders next month. You can catch the two writers in conversation at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre on 28 May. Find out more and book tickets here.

On the edge

Jon McGregor joins a record number of writers on the long-list for the only UK award to recognise excellence in a published collection of short stories. Jon is on the long-list for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2013 for his book This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. The short-list will be announced in May. You can find all the details here.


The judges have just announced it. Jon McGregor’s book, This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You, is on the shortlist for the East Midlands Book Award 2013. You can find more details and the full shortlist here.

“this expert dissector of everyday life”

Jon McGregor has been named by Alex Clark in The Guardian as one of the best 20 young British novelists. Find out why Alex says she has an apology to make to Jon and more, here.

McGregor and Mums

This month Jon McGregor will talk to Mumsnet members about his book This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. It’s Mumsnet’s March book of the month and you can find out more here.

Caught out

Back in December, Jon McGregor found himself caught out by a collection of contemporary Cornish folk tales. You can discover why and listen to the Guardian podcast of Jon reading from Notes from the House Spirits here.

Summer reading: McGregor’s #MatlockMystery

Earlier this year, Jon McGregor received a mysterious train ticket in the post which then turned into a hashtag tale on Twitter. In case you missed it, Jon shares the whole story here.

Meet Professor McGregor

From August, Jon McGregor will join the University of Nottingham as Professor of Creative Writing (Writer in Residence). The new post builds on Jon’s recent involvement with the University as an Honorary Lecturer. Read more here.