The Missing by Andrew O’Hagan: ‘The Missing, part autobiography, part old-fashioned pavement-pounding, marks the most auspicious debut by a British writer for some time.’ Gordon Burn, Independent
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One of the most original, moving and beautifully written non-fiction works of recent years, The Missing marked the acclaimed debut of one of Britain’s most astute and important writers.
In a brilliant merging of reportage, social history and memoir, Andrew O’Hagan clears a devastating path from the bygone Glasgow of the 1970s to the grim secrets of Gloucester in the mid 1990s.
‘A triumph in words.’ Independent on Sunday
‘The Missing, part autobiography, part old-fashioned pavement-pounding, marks the most auspicious debut by a British writer for some time.’ Gordon Burn, Independent
‘A timely corrective to the idea that nothing profound can be said about now.’ Will Self, Observer Books of the Year
‘His vision of modern Britain has the quality of a poetic myth, with himself as Bunyan’s questing Christian and the missing as Dantesque souls in limbo.’ Blake Morrison, Guardian
Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize, was voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and he won the E. M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is Editor-at-Large of the London Review of Books and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.Read more
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