Ian McGuire

Sue
Sue
562 books | 69 friends

D.H. Jo...
472 books | 250 friends

Paul
2,434 books | 135 friends

Courtne...
1,829 books | 112 friends

Tom Over
2,006 books | 279 friends

Jordan
349 books | 43 friends

Anita
493 books | 28 friends

Michael
1,182 books | 264 friends

More friends…

Ian McGuire

Goodreads Author


Born
The United Kingdom
Website

Genre

Member Since
January 2016


Ian McGuire is the author of The North Water published by Henry Holt in March 2016. Ian grew up in East Yorkshire, and studied at the University of Manchester in England and the University of Virginia in the United States. He is the co-founder and co-director of the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. He has published short stories in The Paris Review, The Chicago Review and elsewehere. The North Water is his second novel.


To ask Ian McGuire questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Ian McGuire Hi Jeremy:

I started with the idea of him being like an animal -- in other words being driven by instinct and desire, living in the moment and having l…more
Hi Jeremy:

I started with the idea of him being like an animal -- in other words being driven by instinct and desire, living in the moment and having little or no interest in the past or future. He doesn't think or worry at all about the causes or consequences of his actions, unlike Sumner who can't shake off the past and is haunted by it. So that was how I began, and then built him up from there. Hope that makes some sense.

Ian(less)
Ian McGuire I'm working on it now. I'm going as fast as I can (which is unfortunately not very fast because I'm a slow writer!). It'll be 2018 if everything goes …moreI'm working on it now. I'm going as fast as I can (which is unfortunately not very fast because I'm a slow writer!). It'll be 2018 if everything goes smoothly.(less)
Average rating: 3.99 · 24,109 ratings · 2,999 reviews · 6 distinct worksSimilar authors
The North Water

3.99 avg rating — 23,951 ratings — published 2016 — 53 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Incredible Bodies

3.37 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Abstainer

3.82 avg rating — 71 ratings — expected publication 2020 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Manchester Anthology 2014

by
3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Richard Ford and the Ends o...

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Dans les eaux du Grand Nord...

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Ian McGuire…

Related News

You might know comedian Colin Jost from his work as the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, or perhaps you know him as Scarlett Joha...
112 likes · 42 comments

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Ian’s Recent Updates

Ian McGuire answered Tony O Neill's question: Ian McGuire
Hi Tony:

My next novel 'The Abstainer' is out in September. It should have been published last month but postponed due to the current unhappy circumstances.

Best wishes
Ian
Ian McGuire answered Jen Targ's question: Ian McGuire
Thanks. New novel might be out late next year or early 2020. (Haven't quite finished it yet)
" I know some writers who say that it's particularly when they are finishing a novel that it's hard to disconnect from the fictional world. That may be ...more "
1218
Ian McGuire is accepting questions on his profile page.
Ian McGuire rated a book it was amazing
10 by Ben Lerner
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ian McGuire rated a book it was amazing
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ian McGuire rated a book it was amazing
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ian McGuire rated a book it was amazing
The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ian McGuire rated a book it was amazing
The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Ian's books…
“He finds the lying comes easy enough, of course. Words are just noises in a certain order, and he can use them any way he wishes. Pigs grunt, ducks quack, and men tell lies: that is how it generally goes.”
Ian McGuire, The North Water

“Cleverness, he thinks, will get you nowhere; it is only the stupid, the brilliantly stupid, who will inherit the earth.”
Ian McGuire, The North Water

“Oh, the others will talk and plan and make oaths and promises, but there are precious few fuckers who will do.”
Ian McGuire, The North Water

Polls

What will be our February 2018 Open Pick?

Remember, if you vote for a book and it wins, you are implicitly promising to read the book and participate in the discussion (penalties for not holding up your end of the bargain may include defenestration, gaslighting, and/or GR identity theft whereby everyone will mistake you for a sel-published author merely interested in peddling their own writing). The poll will be open through January 1st. (Note: You can change your vote at any time prior to the closing of the poll.) Discussion will begin February 1st.

 
  7 votes, 36.8%

 
  4 votes, 21.1%

 
  3 votes, 15.8%

 
  3 votes, 15.8%

 
  1 vote, 5.3%

 
  1 vote, 5.3%

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Aussie Readers: **Summer Challenge - 1/12/15 - 29/2/16** 907 323 Mar 03, 2016 05:16PM  
Aussie Readers: This topic has been closed to new comments. Recently purchased/acquired book/s 12481 1414 Mar 07, 2016 06:20PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Summer Challenge 2016: Completed Tasks: PLEASE DO NOT DELETE ANY POSTS IN THIS THREAD 2638 445 Aug 31, 2016 09:00PM  
The Mookse and th...: 2016 Booker Longlist Discussion 106 121 Sep 13, 2016 02:14AM  
ManBookering: 2016 Longlist Predictions [MBP] 206 331 Sep 14, 2016 10:06PM  
Challenge: 50 Books: Melanie's 2016 Reads 34 36 Oct 17, 2016 12:52PM  
1218 The Next Best Book Club — 20997 members — last activity Aug 09, 2020 12:45PM
Are you searching for the NEXT best book? Are you willing to kiss all your spare cash goodbye? Are you easily distracted by independent bookshops, bi ...more



No comments have been added yet.