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Andrew O'Hagan

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Andrew O'Hagan was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at the University of Strathclyde. He is an Editor at Large for Esquire, London Review of Books and Critic at Large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. He is a creative writing fellow at King's College London. He has worked as an visa mer editor and ghostwriter. He has twice been nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He was voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, made Honorary Doctor of Letters by University of Strathclyde in 2008, and was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. His book awards include the 2000 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for Our Fathers, the 2003 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (fiction), for Personality, and the 2010 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing. His fiction includes Our Fathers, Personality, Be Near Me, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, The Illuminations. His non-fiction includes The Missing and The Atlantic Ocean. He also has written short stories and book reviews. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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2015 Booker Prize longlist: The Illuminations i Booker Prize (oktober 2015)


I recently read Andrew O’Hagan’s latest novel, Caledonian Road¸ which I found marvellous, and was intrigued to read more by him. This was also a well-written book, and gave a moving insight into the nature and demands of male friendship.

I presume that O’Hagan is a little younger than me – I recognised a lot of the cultural references (especially the musical ones), although they fell slightly outwith my primary comfort zone. Still, the book prompted a lot of memories of my own youth, grappling to come to terms with the idea of working fulltime after a relatively indolent existence at school and university, while the most important issues in life were how Leicester City were faring, and whether I could afford the latest must-have rock album. O’Hagan captures all of that with great precision.… (mer)
Eyejaybee | 16 andra recensioner | May 29, 2024 |
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley, which I am quitting at 15%.

I almost quit before I got started when confronted by the extremely long Cast of Characters. There were parts of what I read which were amusing or interesting, Mrs Voyles, the sitting tenant, and the floating timeshare hotel the main protagonist's mother-in-law is living in, for example, but the rest of it was people bouncing apparently intellectual arguments off one another, and name dropping real life famous people and places. I was persevering until I got to a section from the perspective of Travis, couldn't remember if we had met him before, couldn't understand how he fitted in to the story so far, and didn't like him enough to care what he got up to.

Not for me.
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pgchuis | 2 andra recensioner | May 15, 2024 |
There has been a lot of publisher’s hype surrounding this novel, and as far as I can see, it is all justified. I think that this was one of the best novels I have read for a long time. It reminded me at times of John Lanchester’s Capital (another favourite of mine).

The principal figure is Campbell Flynn, an academic art critic whose recent biography of Vermeer has drawn considerable critical acclaim and unusual commercial success. Gratifying though this is, Flynn is in need of a far greater economic upturn. To this end, and in a marked divergence from his previous works, he has written a self-help book, His publishers assure him that the book is likely to be a huge success. He is anxious, however, to conceal his identity as the writer, and, by chance, meets a successful actor who has just concluded a long run in a highly popular television series. The actor is persuaded to be ‘the face’ of the book, and in exchange for one third of the royalties, agree to undertake all the promotional activities including media interviews and book-signing events.

In the meantime, Flynn finds himself becoming more closely involved with one of his students, Milo Mangasha. Milo is half Ethiopian, half Irish, and has been taking one of Flynn’s courses as a subsidiary subject while pursuing his computer engineering degree. Milo introduces Flynn to radical new schools of thought, which push the older man in new intellectual and political directions. Meanwhile, there are all sorts of awkward strands from Flynn’s family life rapidly unravelling.

There are far too many subplots to capture in a review or synopsis, but they are all interwoven with great dexterity, many of them centring on Caledonian Road, a long thoroughfare extending from Kings Cross through Islington and up towards Highbury. As it happens, I know the Caledonian Road very well, having driven along it daily for many years as part of my regular commuting journey to Westminster. O’Hagan captures it marvellously, in its unusual blend of pockets of great opulence and others of deep deprivation.

The book features a huge cast of characters – in fact, the author offers a list of principal figures at the start of the book with more than sixty names – but they interact effectively. All strata of society feature, from hereditary peers, minor aristocracy, Russian oligarchs, students and rival street gangs. This is a rich literary feast, and one I am sure I will be revisiting shortly.
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Eyejaybee | 2 andra recensioner | May 1, 2024 |
London is changing, the old guard of family wealth is being usurped by new foreign wealth. Traditional roles are being sidelined and art, fashion and crime is becoming the role of youth. Meanwhile exploitation is still happening and no-one is safe. Following a group of people centred around academic and art critic Campbell Flynn, Caledonian Road explores how London has changed.
I really like O'Hagan's writing and this book is superb. The length may seem daunting but the prose skips along and it doesn't feel excessive. It may be high praise but I feel this book is like and update to the classic 19th century novels of life by Thackeray. The details are fantastic and nuanced, there's a gentle push at the woke generation and a stronger push at corrupt businessmen, the downstairs tenant is a real Dickensian character and the whole is so enjoyable that, for me, it sits at the top of the books I've read this year!… (mer)
pluckedhighbrow | 2 andra recensioner | Apr 12, 2024 |



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