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Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory Hardcover – 20 Mar 2014
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"McGuinness is a marvellous writer... On every page there are breathtakingly gorgeous images, similes, metaphors." (John Banville Observer)
"McGuinness has written the great book on Belgium and modern memory, or even Belgium and modern being. He takes his place among those singers and painters of the haunted, the melancholy, the diminished, the caricatural, the humdrum." (Michael Hofmann Guardian)
"Lyrical and evocative... This is a very Proustian memoir, whose effect will be to drive the reader into contemplation of their own half-forgotten childhood home." (Josh Glancy Sunday Times)
"A rich analysis of home and homelessness." (James Wood London Review of Books)
"This book had a powerful effect on me... Sometimes hilarious, sometimes freighted with tragedy." (Gillian Tindall Literary Review)
A very special book of short, Proustian pieces on childhood and how the places of our childhood are embedded in us.
Winner of the 2014 Duff Cooper Prize
Winner of the 2015 Welsh Book of the Year Award
Shortlisted for the 2015 James Tait Black Memorial Prize
Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Ackerley prize
Longlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize
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My book of the year. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend.Published 9 months ago by Critical Thinking
It reminds me of WGSebald, particularly in the addition of grainy photographs, but it is lighter and more accessible.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'll enjoyed reading this little sparkling notices about people and situations in a city I know well.Published on 28 Jan. 2015 by Buscher Karel
I can't believe I've found this gem. Highly recommended for lovers of words, places and beauty.Published on 16 Oct. 2014 by Silly01