Norfolk author Jon McGregor’s latest novel longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
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A Norfolk author has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 for his latest novel.
Jon McGregor's book Reservoir 13 - published by 4th Estate, HarperCollins - is one of 13 books that have today been revealed as being in the running for the prestigious £50,000 literary prize.
Mr McGregor, who grew up in Norwich and took part in a City of Literature event at this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival, impressed the Man Booker Prize judges who said Reservoir 13 was a penetrative, nuanced and skilful novel not only about the disappearance of a girl but about the functioning and dysfunctioning of a community, and how the land impacts that community too. The judges said it was 'a rare praise poem to humanity.'
Mr McGregor has previously been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2002 for If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and in 2006 for So Many Ways To Begin.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK.