Rather reservoir 13 is the chronicle of a village over 13 years with each chapter taking the reader through a cycle of seasons in a rhythm that gradually becomes familiar mcgregor pays as much attention to the animal life of the village badgers foxes butterflies birds and a handful of pet dogs as he does to its human inhabitants. Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary the way its structured the way it rolls the skill with which jon mcgregor lets the characters breathe and age its like watching more than a decade of living from a slow moving train . Reservoir 13 by jon mcgregor review a chilling meditation on loss and time the rural village the missing girl the search for a body then life goes on as an archetypal story is rekindled with explosive results. The set up of jon mcgregors fourth novel is thankfully familiar to most of us only through crime fiction television drama or the voyeuristic lens of the news report in an anonymous village in the peak district just before new years eve a 13 year old girl named rebecca shaw goes missing . Jon mcgregor is the author of four novels and two story collections he is the winner of the impac dublin literature prize the costa novel award the betty trask prize the somerset maugham award and the american academy of arts and letters em forster award and has been long listed three times for the man booker prize most recently in 2017 for reservoir 13
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