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Lean Fall Stand

Jon McGregor



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Fourth Estate
05 May 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- McGregor is in my top five authors - he has never disappointed me, he has never written the same book twice (making him hard to categorise), his writing is flawless - so I trust him implicitly, even when (and it's almost always!) I never know where he's taking me... In this superb novel, he takes us geographically to the Antarctic and to Cambridge. Robert 'Doc' Wright is an old hand at Antarctica, having seen thirty-odd seasons there, so he is the obvious choice when two new expeditioners need to spend time on an even more remote outstation. He knows to be careful, but perhaps he has better faith in his abilities than is wise. The feeling of suspense in this part of the novel is almost excruciating, it is so deftly handled. When he is repatriated back to England, his wife who is a top scientist in her field, finds that she has to put aside all she has worked towards, to become his carer instead... Who is the hero then? The sort of book you read and think about, then re-read to admire!  Lindy

'It leaves the reader moved and subtly changed, as if she had become part of the story' Hilary Mantel 'So moving and delicate and terrifying and haunting' Maggie O'Farrell The highly anticipated new novel from the Costa-award winning, three-times Booker-longlisted author of Reservoir 13.

When an Antarctic research expedition goes wrong, the consequences are far-reaching - for the men involved and for their families back home.

Robert Doc Wright, a veteran of Antarctic field work, holds the clues to what happened, but he is no longer able to communicate them. While Anna, his wife, navigates the sharp contours of her new life as a carer, Robert is forced to learn a whole new way to be in the world.

Award-winning novelist Jon McGregor returns with a stunning novel that mesmerizingly and tenderly unpicks the notion of heroism and explores the indomitable human impulse to tell our stories - even when words fail us. A meditation on the line between sacrifice and selfishness this is a story of the undervalued, unrecognised courage it can take just to get through the day.
By:   Jon McGregor
Imprint:   Fourth Estate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   290g
ISBN:   9780008204914
ISBN 10:   0008204918
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   05 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Prize, and Somerset Maugham Award, and has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. He was born in Bermuda in 1976, grew up in Norfolk, and now lives in Nottingham.

Reviews for Lean Fall Stand

Praise for Lean Fall Stand: 'Lean Fall Stand is a beautiful piece of work and should win a roomful of prizes. Jon McGregor writes plainly and exactly, like a poet, and the precision of his writing makes every heartbeat register. The quality of his attention is a flicker of light around the fragile human condition, and it leaves the reader moved and subtly changed, as if she had become part of the story' Hilary Mantel 'A spectacular book ... It does what Jon McGregor does so well: examine the widening ripples of a single event. I read it again, as soon as I'd finished' Maggie O'Farrell, author of Hamnet 'Jon McGregor has crafted a unique narrative, encompassing frozen wastes & altered interior landscapes. The most gripping piece of writing I've read in a long time: Sit. Read. Applaud' Jarvis Cocker 'Exceptional. ... So moving, and the use of language is remarkable. I absolutely loved it' David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow 'A genuinely fascinating book and a troubling, riveting reading experience. A bold and masterful investigation into the weather system of the human mind' Max Porter, author of The Death of Francis Bacon 'Utterly original. Jaw-dropping. The sort of book you'll think about for ages' Paula Hawkins, author of A Slow Fire Burning 'A genuine masterpiece: poised, multilayered and full of the most astonishingly beautiful prose' Alex Preston, Observer 'Maintains a compelling tension throughout, even as the elements generating that tension change from physical peril to hospitalisation to the thousand micro-dramas of recovery. An unforgettable book' Chris Powers, author of A Lonely Man 'Both tender and precise. Jon McGregor proves, once again, that he is a writer capable of conveying even the most complex emotions' Nicole Flattery, author of Show Them a Good Time

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