So Many Ways to Begin

Jon McGregor

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.

Reviews of So Many Ways to Begin

  • ‘Extraordinary’ Daily Mail

    ‘Subtle, clever and affecting’ Independent on Sunday

    ‘A homage to ordinary people and ordinary things, to the parts of our lives that often go unspoken … moving and honest’ The Times

    ‘A book about the search for greater meaning in the strange dance of chance’ Independent

    ‘McGregor’s meticulous syntax melts into a hot flood of words … An intimate tale with penetrating things to say about the wider history of twentieth-century Britain’ Sunday Times

    ‘An absorbing and unexpectedly uplifting novel … It will leave you thinking long after you have put the book away on the shelf’ Irish Independent

    ‘A close reading of ordinary lives … tender and often
    beautifully poetic’ Stephanie Merritt, Observer

    ‘Both compelling and convincing. A deeply rewarding read, serious and often beautiful’ Good Book Guide

    ‘McGregor is a brilliant prose stylist, and here he excels at
    making the provincial and the ordinary seem extraordinary’ Sunday Times

    ‘This is a wonderful novel; low-key but beautifully paced,
    scattered with extraordinarily intense moments’ Independent on Sunday

    ‘This is an unforgettable novel’ Daily Telegraph