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David Szalay – one to watch

Now here’s an author we think you should know about. English/Canadian David Szalay’s name keeps coming up these days, and for good reasons. Forty-two year old Szalay has four novels to his name, the last of which, All That Man Is, won him a place on this year’s Man Booker Prize short-list. He won the Betty Trask Award in 2008 for his curiously named novel London and the South-East and in 2013 he made it onto Granta magazine’s list of Best of Young British novelists. But most importantly, Szalay writes really, really well.

He writes about work life, commutes, doomed love affairs and masculinity in a way that makes us laugh and cringe with recognition. He writes about modern man and the complexities of modern life with depth of understanding and honesty. And best of all, his books appeal to both men and women.

We’ve reviewed two of his novels Spring (2011) and All that Man Is (2016)read them now before he wins the Man Booker Prize.

The Guardian Review of All that Man Is

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James Wood on All That Man Is in The New Yorker