Ordinary Human Failings

Megan Nolan

£16.99

Jo recommends: 

“Megan Nolan is back with a bold and tender second novel. With intellectual heft and incredible emotional insight, she explores themes of intergenerational trauma, family repression and the vulture like truth-twisting of tabloid journalism. Her characters are so real and fully rendered, they will stay with you long after you put the book down. What Nolan does so well, as the title suggests, is to explore human failings and how complex yet ordinary they are. Highly recommend!”

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A Best Book of 2023 in The Times, Sunday Times, i-D, the Guardian

When we look beyond the headlines, everyone has a story to tell

It’s 1990 in London and Tom Hargreaves has it all: a burgeoning career as a reporter, fierce ambition and a brisk disregard for the “peasants” – ordinary people, his readers, easy tabloid fodder. His star looks set to rise when he stumbles across a scoop: a dead child on a London estate, grieving parents loved across the neighbourhood, and the finger of suspicion pointing at one reclusive family of Irish immigrants and ‘bad apples’: the Greens.

At their heart sits Carmel: beautiful, otherworldly, broken, and once destined for a future beyond her circumstances until life – and love – got in her way. Crushed by failure and surrounded by disappointment, there’s nowhere for her to go and no chance of escape. Now, with the police closing in on a suspect and the tabloids hunting their monster, she must confront the secrets and silences that have trapped her family for so many generations.

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