Through one man’s unique story, Jon McGregor pays homage to ‘ordinary’ lives, and explores how chance constantly alters the course of events.

David Carter cannot help but wish for more: that his wife Eleanor would be the sparkling girl he once found so irresistible; that his job as a museum curator could live up to the promise it once held; that his daughter’s arrival could have brought him closer to Eleanor. But a few careless words spoken by his mother’s friend have left David restless with the knowledge that his whole life has been constructed around a lie.

The Man Booker Prize 2006
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Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor

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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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