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Publisher's Summary

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

A Guardian Notable Book of 2017.

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.

As the seasons unfold there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back, those who come together or break apart. There are births and deaths, secrets kept and exposed, livelihoods made and lost, small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals.

Bats hang in the eaves of the church, and herons stand sentry in the river; fieldfares flock in the hawthorn trees, and badgers and foxes prowl deep in the woods - mating and fighting, hunting and dying.

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.

Β©2017 Jon McGregor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely magnificent; one of the most beautiful, affecting novels I've read in years. The prose is alive and ringing. There is so much space and life in every sentence. I don't know how he's done it. It's beautiful." (Eimear McBride)
"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)
"Haunting and heartbreaking - his best yet." (Observer)

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-17

spoiler alert!!! so what happens then!!!!!?

well I enjoyed listening to it because I enjoyed the atmosphere it created however I'm livid at the ending!!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ like really mad!!!! I feel like ringing the author up and demanding to know the actual ending!!!!

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-17

Everything and nothing

This is not a story about a missing girl. It's more a story of a village, reminding me of "Under Milkwood" more than once.

There are dozens of characters, but so little physical description of any of them it's very hard to remember who they all are. The structure is not so much a tapestry as a bundle of raw threads. There are lovely phrases, but I didn't find myself caring too much about any of the characters. I kept listening hoping that we would at least find a clue to what had happened, because that really would have been brilliant. I have enough unresolved dilemmas in my life not to need fictional ones. Perhaps the clues are there and I'm just too dim to see them, after all, lots of clever people have said this is great literature. My not-so-clever criterion for deciding a book's greatness is whether or not I would read/listen to it more than once. In this case I would not.

I'm not sure I would have completed this if I hadn't got the impression it was a mystery in the generally accepted sense, and I think it is misleading to describe it as such.

The imagery here is beautiful, but I think less would have been more.
It's been described as 'poignant' but it left me depressed and irritable.

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  • Carol White
  • 06-02-17

Stay with it.

Took time to get used to its scatter style but then its magic got to me and I ended up moved and thoughtful.

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  • ZedBooks
  • 05-23-17

Intriguing and hypnotic

I was expecting a much more predictable yarn about a missing girl, but the book took me by surprise entirely.
The writing is exquisite, the "plot" entirely original and the country lore is both fascinating and amusing -- even educative.
These are real people in a real village in a real landscape explored on our behalf by a brilliant writer. I will now read everything else he has written.

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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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  • mary
  • 04-23-17

difficult

i hated this to start with. I took 4 attempts before I settled into the story.

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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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