If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Paperback

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (12 ratings)


'This novel owes as much to poetry as it does to prose.

Its opening, an invocation of the life of the city, is strongly reminiscent of Auden's Night Mail in its hypnotic portrait of industrialised society...An assured debut' Erica Wagner, The Times.

On a street in a town in the North of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence - street cricket, barbecues, painting windows...A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name.

An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop.

But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening.

That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered for ever.

Jon McGregor's first novel brilliantly evokes the histories and lives of the people in the street to build up an unforgettable human panorama.

Breathtakingly original, humane and moving, IF NOBODY SPEAKS OF REMARKABLE THINGS is an astonishing debut. 'The work of a burning new talent ...Jon MacGregor writes like a lyrical angel' Daily Mail




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not my usual kind of read but I found this suprisingly enjoyable.

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I didn't really take to this book at all. I suppose I'm opposed to the thesis. The mundane by definition can't be remarkable. In reality beauty is in our relationship to the mundane; our ability to see beyond it to a deeper meaning. The book keeps you waiting to reveal the nature of a terrible incident whilst relating the actions of characters living in one urban street. Yet surely why we do things is the great mystery; to investigate what we do is like exploring the workings of a toaster to find its soul. Many people really like this book, I guess I'm just not one of them.

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"... , if nobody speaks of remarkable things, how can they be called remarkable?" Indeed - and what a remarkable book! Highly recommended reading.

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A haunting read with depth and wisdom. Felt compelled more by the hopeful uncovering of the mystery than by the desire to read on, but satisfying and complete.

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Poetic, carefully observed and well-constructed study of ordinary life. Progresses gently to an inevitable climax. Contemplative.

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