Even the Dogs
First UK edition cover
AuthorJon McGregor
CountryUnited Kingdom
Genrenovel, experimental novel
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing, London
Publication date
1 February 2010
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages208 pp
Preceded bySo Many Ways To Begin (2007) 

Even the Dogs is British author Jon McGregor's third novel. First published in 2010, the novel focuses on drug addiction, alcoholism, homelessness, and dereliction. The Irish Times literary critic Eileen Battersby called it a "magnificent" novel.[1] In 2012, Even the Dogs was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award, one of the world's richest literary prizes.[2][3][4][5]

The Daily Telegraph published a positive review by David Robson, who remarked that the "movingly told story is also an important book."[6]

Plot summary

Around Christmas one year, alcoholic Robert John Radcliffe's body is found in his flat. The novel traces, in a stream of consciousness style with occasional flashbacks, how his daughter Laura and her drug addict friends react as authorities investigate his death.

See also


  1. ^ Battersby, Eileen (12 April 2012). "Ten shortlisted for IMPAC literary award". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 April 2012. British writer McGregor has been shortlisted for his magnificent third novel Even The Dogs, which traces the paths of several marginalised characters and how they arrived at their respective hells.
  2. ^ "McGregor wins 2012 Impac prize". The Irish Times. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ "British author McGregor wins IMPAC award". RTÉ Ten. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  4. ^ "British writer Jon McGregor wins $131K Impac Dublin Award". CBC News. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  5. ^ Flood, Alison (13 June 2012). "Jon McGregor wins International Impac Dublin Literary Award". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  6. ^ Robson, David (14 February 2010). "Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor: review". The Daily Telegraph. London.
Awards Preceded byLet the Great World Spin International Dublin Literary Award recipient2012 Succeeded byCity of Bohane