Andrew Cowan Common Ground

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Common Ground

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Ashley, a disaffected geography teacher and Jay, a printer in a local arts project, are about to start a family, though both have mixed feelings about becoming parents, especially when their house is crumbling around them and their neighbourhood seems increasingly anarchic. As Jay becomes deeply involved in the fight to save the ancient woodland of Hogslea Common from a planned motorway, Ashley corresponds with his carefree brother, who is backpacking round the world. With the gap between the couple widening as steadily as the cracks in their walls, Ashley has to choose between his parents' values and abandoning a society he finds increasingly precarious and menacing. By the author of the award-winning PIG, this is a sharply observed, often funny and thought-provoking tale of modern life and of the choices we all have to make - as parents, children and members of society.

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Andrew Cowan was born in Corby and educated at the University of East Anglia. PIG, his first novel (published in 1996), was longlisted for the Booker, shortlisted for five other literary awards and won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, a Betty Trask Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Prize, the Authors' Club First Novel Award and a Scottish Council Book Award. He is also the author of the writing guidebook THE ART OF WRITING FICTION and four other novels: COMMON GROUND, CRUSTACEANS, WHAT I KNOW and WORTHLESS MEN, which will be published by Sceptre in 2013. He is the Director of the Creative Writing programme at UEA.

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Cowan has the rare ability to write an ambitious novel in a tone which is both intimate and engaging...He creates a fictional world at once bleak and tender, a beautifully exact portrait of a 1900s inner city The Times Cowan's observation is superb TLS [He writes with] freshness and authenticity..Cowan understands the real pain of life's moments of pathos New Statesman A fine and acutely perceived novel Independent PRAISE FOR PIG . A coming-of-age story as strange and surprising, in its way, as THE CATCHER IN THE RYE New York Times A first novel of extraordinary poise and accomplishment, treating a boy's coming of age amid the squalid realities of the new British underclass with a delicacy and lyricism which is both gripping and moving Michael Dibdin The detail is immaculately recorded; the effect is heartbreaking Louisa Young, Sunday Times [A] wholly satisfying book, quietly beautiful and inescapably ominous David Buckley, Observer Beautifully evoked ... Cowan writes with a deceptive simplicity Amanda Craig, The Times A wonderful first novel Christopher Hart, Daily Telegraph

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