School of English

A Short Talk about the Short Story

Thursday 22nd March 2012 (10:00-12:00)
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Jon McGregor

Honorary Lecturer Jon McGregor returns to the School of English to give a short talk on his recently published This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You (Bloomsbury). The collection of short stories are all set in Lincolnshire and draw on the landscape to create a tense, unsettling atmosphere.

The book received a wonderful review from The Guardian, which commented on its ‘remarkable ventriloquism and genre-hopping playfulness’ and said, ‘McGregor has clearly thought hard about the order of the stories in this collection and […] the narrative tempo of the individual stories feeds through into the rhythm of the book as a whole.’

Another review in The Independent described the author's writing as 'so distinctive that it becomes hard to compare to another. There is a precision and a poetry to his prose. Life, inner and outer, is so meticulously dissected that events appear to happen in slow motion.'

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