The winner of this year’s East Midlands Book Award was announced last Thursday, 20th June 2013 in a great ceremony that also marked the opening of the Oakham Festival. And it is … [drumroll] … Jon McGregor with his book This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You.
About the Book:
It is a collection of stories which are all set in the low open landscape of the Lincolnshire fens. The sorts of things that don’t happen to someone like you do, in fact, happen to someone like you. A young woman is almost killed when a sugar-beet crashes through her windscreen. A boy sets fire to a barn. A father is arrested when he tries to watch his daughter’s school nativity play. A pair of itinerant labourers sit by a lake, talking about shovels and sex, while fighter-planes fly low overhead and prepare for war.
About Jon McGregor:
Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and So Many Ways to Begin. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, and has been twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was born in Bermuda in 1976. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives in Nottingham.