Jon McGregor: Reservoir 13 (2798 words)

Catherine Pesso-Miquel (Université Lyon II)
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Jon McGregor’s fourth novel, Reservoir 13, published in the Spring of 2017, is set in a fictional and unnamed village in the Peak District. It begins like a thriller, with a search party gathering before dawn to look for a missing teenage girl, but it turns out to be a literary and experimental story of rural life in contemporary Britain, in which form is as important as theme. McGregor’s first three novels, published respectively in 2002, 2006 and 2010, had a broader, more urban setting, but each of them showed the same interest in formal experimentation and diversity of genre. McGregor also wrote a prequel to his novel, a series of short stories first broadcast on Radio 4 in the Autumn of 2017, and then published b…

Pesso-Miquel, Catherine. "Reservoir 13". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2018
[, accessed 18 September 2018.]

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