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Ian McGuire

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Ian McGuire is the author of The Abstainer published in September 2020 by Random House (USA) and Simon & Schuster (UK), The North Water published by in 2016 by Henry Holt (USA) and Simon & Schuster (UK), and Incredible Bodies published in 2007 by Bloomsbury. 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 teaches creative writing and literature at The University of Manchester, where he is the co-founder of the University's Centre for New Writing. He is a winner of the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award and Historical Writers' Association Gold Crown Award.

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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
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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.

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

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