The Atlantic Ocean by Andrew O'Hagan
Reports from Britain and America

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"A brilliant essayist, [O'Hagan] constructs sentences that pierce like pinpricks.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

For more than two decades, Andrew O’Hagan has been publishing celebrated essays on both sides of the Atlantic. The Atlantic Ocean highlights the best of his clear-eyed, brilliant work, including his first published essay, a reminiscence of his working-class Scottish upbringing; an extraordinary piece about the lives of two soldiers, one English, one American, both of whom died in Iraq on May 2, 2005; and a piercing examination of the life of William Styron. O’Hagan’s subjects range from the rise of the tabloids to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, from the trajectory of the Beatles to the impossibility of not fancying Marilyn Monroe.

The Atlantic Ocean — an engrossing and important collection.

 

About Andrew O'Hagan

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ANDREW O'HAGAN was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His previous novels have been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award.
 
Published January 22, 2013 by Mariner Books. 369 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A piece on gardening opens on a slyly Proustian note: “For a long time, England used to go to bed early.” That was, of course, before the English came over all postmodern and ironic about gardening, which O’Hagan sorts out nicely: “Scots get into trouble for not being flowery enough, although the...

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The Atlantic Ocean by Andrew O'Hagan Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Andrew O'Hagan's grandmother used to complain about him: "He's ...

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The Atlantic Ocean: Essays on Britain and America by Andrew O'Hagan Faber £20, pp384 Depending on your point of view, oceans either unite or divide the land masses that border them.

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the original essay (included here) segues into a chilling confession of his own boyhood bullying: “Torture among our kind was fairly commonplace.” After the July 7, 2005, London bus bombs he thinks, “In this seat, would it be a leg I’d lose, or an arm?” Sailing the ocean blue to write a...

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Moving between personal experiences and broader issues, the British writer reflects on identity in 'Reports from Britain and America.'

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The Independent

They're probably as bored by football as O'Hagan or me: pilgrims in the barren land surveyed by another angular Scot, AL Kennedy: "In Britain we are self-revenging.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

THIS fine collection of essays spans 15 years of Andrew O'Hagan's work for highly respected British and American publications: the London Review Of Books, Granta, The Guardian and The New York Review Of Books.

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