Jon McGregor’s spellbinding debut novel details a remarkable and horrific event, poignant only to those who saw it - whose lives it changes forever.

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, and those who witness it will be forever altered.

The Man Booker Prize 2002
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Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor

About the Author

Jon McGregor, aged 26, became the Booker Prize’s youngest nominee when his first novel was longlisted. His second and fourth novels would also go on to be nominated.
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Other nominated books by Jon McGregor

Reservoir 13
So Many Ways to Begin