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Daniel Lea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081491

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081491.001.0001

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Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor

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Twenty-First-Century Fiction

Daniel Lea

Manchester University Press

This chapter traces the development of Jon McGregor’s writing up to the publication of his collection of short stories This Isn’t the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone Like You (2012). It establishes McGregor’s deep interest in the resonance of the everyday and the overlooked, and examines the ethical importance of mutual recognition and the import of the other in his writing. McGregor’s fiction always demands the gaze of an often disinterested world both as an act of charity, and as a statement of human connectedness.

Keywords:   Jon McGregor, Connectivity, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, So Many Ways to Begin, Even the Dogs, This Isn’t the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone Like You

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