This chapter explores the writing of Andrew O’Hagan from his non-fictional beginnings in the late-1990s to his most recent published novel – The Illuminations (2015). The chapter follows the same chronological format established by the previous revealing two key intertwined concerns underpinning O’Hagan’s writing. These are a concern with the nature of contemporary celebrity as it relates to the postmodern commodification of selfhood, and the tentacular grip that the past holds on the present, especially in the context of Scottish nationalism. The idea of a missing, or corrupted core, unites both these themes and focuses O’Hagan’s writing round a consideration of the weight and freight of realness.
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