Newark Book Festival at The Hopbarn

Join us at the HopBarn in Southwell on Saturday 1 October at 7pm for a fantastic talk and reading by author Jon McGregor.


Born in Bermuda and raised in the UK, Jon McGregor is an award-winning author and short story writer.

At this event, Jon will be talking about his latest novel, Lean, Stand, Fall. When an Antarctic research expedition goes wrong, the consequences are far-reaching – for the men involved and for their families back home. Robert “Doc” Wright, a veteran of Antarctic fieldwork, holds the clues to what happened, but he is no longer able to communicate them. While Anna, his wife, navigates the sharp contours of her new life as a carer, Robert is forced to learn a whole new way to be in the world.

Jon McGregor returns with a stunning novel that mesmerizingly and tenderly unpicks the notion of heroism and explores the indomitable human impulse to tell our stories – even when words fail us. A meditation on the line between sacrifice and selfishness this is a story of the undervalued, unrecognised courage it can take just to get through the day.

Jon McGregor has been nominated for the Booker Prize for three of his novels, including his 2002 debut If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, which also went on to win the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. So Many Ways to Begin followed in 2006. His third novel, Even the Dogs (2010), earned McGregor the International Dublin Literary Award in 2012, whilst his 2017 work Reservoir 13 scooped up the Costa Book Award.

Jon will be speaking at The Hopbarn, Hopyard Farm, Hockerwood Lane, Upton Road, Southwell, NG25 0PZ on Saturday 1 October.

Doors at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. There will be a one hour talk followed by time for questions from the audience and book signings. The event will end at 9.15pm.

Tickets are £5 (£3 Festival Friends) – BOOK TICKETS ONLINE