So Many Ways to Begin

So Many Ways to Begin

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 109.2 x 172.7 x 17.8mm | 181.44g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 0747589380
  • 9780747589389
  • 1,649,559

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'An homage to ordinary people and ordinary things, to the parts of our lives that often go unspoken ... moving and honest' The Times
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'An homage to ordinary people and ordinary things, to the parts of our lives that often go unspoken ... moving and honest' The Times 'This is a novel of character and atmosphere ... The relationship between David and Eleanor from youth to age, imperfect, deeply loving, underpins the whole ... a book about the search for greater meaning in the strange dance of chance' Carol Birch, Independent 'McGregor's meticulous syntax melts into a hot flood of words ... This is a decorous novel that rises on occasion to ardour ... An intimate tale with penetrating things to say about the wider history of twentieth-century Britain' Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times 'Genuinely touching' Evening Standard
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About Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, and winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. He was born in Bermuda in 1976. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives in Nottingham. This is his second novel.
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1,345 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 26% (348)
4 40% (537)
3 26% (353)
2 6% (87)
1 1% (20)
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