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A Guardian Book of the Year
A Financial Times Book of the Year
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An Observer Book of the Year
A Telegraph Book of the Year
From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss.
Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home.
Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed.
The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.
An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over 13 years as the aftershocks of a stranger's tragedy refuse to subside.
Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize
©2017 Jon McGregor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

"A rare and dazzling feat of art." (George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo)
"McGregor writes with such grace and precision, with love even, about who and where we are, that he leaves behind all other writers of his generation." (Sarah Hall, author of The Wolf Border)
" Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary – the way it’s structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which Jon McGregor lets the characters breathe and age." (Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 15-10-17

Like a very long episode of The Archers

A perfectly valid insight into village life, but it just never gets going. I found it difficult to distinguish between the myriad of (perfectly reasonably) uninteresting characters, and whilst the narrator is fine, he doesn't add anything to help differentiate them either. Not one I'm going to listen to again.

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1 out of 5 stars
By David on 02-03-18

Highly tedious

A drab and protracted tale of village life. Such a disappointment after the author's exceptional first novel

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1 out of 5 stars
By Cliente Amazon on 20-03-18

Well executed but oh so boring!

The story of a village, a small country village over a few years. Completely realistic I don't doubt but day after day of mundane, dreary, every day events holds little if any interest for the reader/ listener. Not recommended at all.

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