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Publisher's Summary

A Guardian Book of the Year

A Financial Times Book of the Year

A TLS Book of the Year

An Observer Book of the Year

A Telegraph Book of the Year

From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss.

Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home.

Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed.

The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.

An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over 13 years as the aftershocks of a stranger's tragedy refuse to subside.

Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize

©2017 Jon McGregor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A rare and dazzling feat of art." (George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo)
"McGregor writes with such grace and precision, with love even, about who and where we are, that he leaves behind all other writers of his generation." (Sarah Hall, author of The Wolf Border)
"Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary – the way it’s structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which Jon McGregor lets the characters breathe and age." (Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha)

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  • bookylady
  • 12-17-17

Draws you in then won't let go. Deceptively good.

I have read Jon McGregor's previous novels and have always been amazed at his talent for making the lives of ordinary people seem somehow extraordinary. And this novel continues that theme, but on a much larger scale.

Told over a lengthy time period, the narrative tells of the lives of numerous characters who all live in a northern village which is dealt hammer blow when a young girl, a visitor to the village, goes missing. Some of the villagers remain, some leave and then return to it; but throughout the tale their lives and backstories are described gradually and with bittersweet humanity against a backdrop of the everyday rhythms of village life, seasonal events and references to the surrounding geography and nature. Secrets are revealed and concealed, relationships break against or survive the trauma of the mystery surrounding the missing girl and tension builds up towards the final chapter. Towards the end, one character becomes a focus for doubt and I began to wonder if I had guessed the fate of the girl.

The ending of the novel is ambiguous (to my mind) and I found this quite frustrating. That aside though, I loved the languid pace of the novel, the beauty of the language and the variety of the characters. I felt that I had shared their hopes and dreams, their tragedies and their secrets. The author reveals much about character and motivation in the smallest of details and in spare but incisive dialogue.

I really loved this novel and it will stay with me for a long time, I'm sure.

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  • Mr
  • 10-15-17

Like a very long episode of The Archers

A perfectly valid insight into village life, but it just never gets going. I found it difficult to distinguish between the myriad of (perfectly reasonably) uninteresting characters, and whilst the narrator is fine, he doesn't add anything to help differentiate them either. Not one I'm going to listen to again.

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  • Suswati
  • 06-05-17

Poignant but slow

This is rather a depressing account about how families and communities attempt to deal with the case of a missing person. In this instance it is about how society moves on with their lives leaving behind the families to deal with it. it is well written with beautiful descriptions but it tends to be quite a slow burner.

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  • Bee
  • 05-03-17

Not a detective story

Loved this- but then I'm a big fan of those French films in which very little happens. The disappearance, in other words, the ceasing to exist, of Becks serves as a counterpoint to life rolling on in the village. The book is a detailed description of 'ordinary' life, which just keeps on going year in year out. Not a fault, but there is not much exploration of people's inner life, emotion or motivation. In the main the characters just do stuff, go to bed get up and do more stuff and I was left with the sense it's all ultimately pointless-but in a good way!

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  • Marian
  • 02-21-18

Well, I persevered to the end!

I wondered if it was just me who found this excruciatingly boring; thankfully about three-quarters through, I read some reviews and found I was not alone. It bothers me when I read a book and simply don’t care about anyone in it. The disappearance of the girl was just a trick ; it became increasingly clear there would be no resolution, and I increasingly didn’t care. Thankfully I was doing useful mundane household tasks while listening to it via audible, otherwise I would regret the lost hours of my life .

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  • C. J. Mason
  • 02-06-18

Beautifully Written

Not what I expected but I loved it none the less. Remarkably lyrical, highly recommend.

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  • Dr
  • 01-16-18

Beautiful and Surprising

A page turner despite consisting of brief descriptions of multiple narrative strands.
Fits well with the BBC “prequel”. I will probably listen to both again.

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  • Margaret
  • 01-01-18

A slow burner.

This was a bit like listening to an omnibus version of the Archers. The “action” takes place over several years and chronicles the lives of residents in a Yorkshire village. A background thread running throughout the book is the disappearance of a teenage girl who was visiting the village on holiday. Will the mystery ever be solved ?

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  • tracy allen
  • 12-03-17

My book of the year

Like nothing else I've heard. A collage of stories about a Peak District village, told in snippets and stitched together over 20 years. Each year is described sequentially and the rhythms of the year allowed to recur. The effect is amazing- with the story and characters growing in richness and depth. Both comforting and a little sad. A beautiful, brilliant novel and one to marvel at.

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  • Thorfinn
  • 11-08-17

Boring boring boring

Oh dear .Maybe this doesn't transfer to audio well but I think it would be just as bad if read. If you're waiting for a resolution at the end , you'll be disappointed......very disappointed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-17

Disappointing

I kept waiting for this book to get better... but it didn't. I am sure if you lived in that part of the world you would have enjoyed the narrative that beautifully followed the seasons - but very little substance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-17

Worst book ever!

didnt finish, trief hard to, stpryline all over the place, very boringgg.

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