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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at times, passionate debate, challenging our expectations of what a novel is and can be. It is a longlist to be relished.”

The shortlist will be announced on 13th September, and the winner will ultimately be named on 25th October, at a black-tie dinner at London’s Guildhall, as broadcast by the BBC.

From an astonishing new voice, this debut charts the life of Roscoe T Martin, first as a farm owner with a fractured family, then as prison inmate...

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Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves

Placing itself perfectly alongside acclaimed work by Philipp Meyer, Jane Smiley and J M Coetzee, this debut novel charts the story of Roscoe T Martin in rural Alabama in the 1920s. Roscoe has set his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the 20th century: electricity. It becomes his training, his life's work. But when his wife Marie inherits her father's failing farm, Roscoe has to give it up, with great cost to his pride and sense of self, his marriage and his family. Realising that he might lose them all, he uses his skills as an electrician to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness on a farm recently falling to ruin. Even the love of Marie and their son seems back within Roscoe's grasp. Then everything changes. A young man is electrocuted on their land. Roscoe is arrested for manslaughter and - no longer an electrician or even a farmer - he must now carve out a place in a violent new world.

Reviews

'This unashamedly old-fashioned novel is a slow-burning pleasure...brutal, beautiful and to some significant extent, redemptive'
Claire Allfree, Mail on Sunday

'Beautifully written, this is an unusual and moving debut'
Sunday Times

About the Author

Virginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin. Her fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been shortlisted for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award. Virginia has spent the majority of her life in Montana, but currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two daughters.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2016

Author

Virginia Reeves

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Publisher

Scribner UK an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471152214

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