Ordinary Human Failings

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Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 13/07/2023
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Through different points of view, Megan Nolan guides us through the stories linked to a brutal murder in 90s London, with tenderness and brutal honesty she brought us a poignant story of secrets, family and human failings.


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, other-worldly, 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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 2928377162481
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 400g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 138 x 25 mm

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Ordinary Human Failings
Utterly compelling. A must read!
Set in the 1990s, ambitious reporter Tom Hargreaves stumbles across a scoop: a dead child on a London estate. At the centre of the suspicions are one reclu... READ MORE
Georgina (ReadsEatsExplores)
Ordinary Human Failings
Admirably different from the author’s debut
I first knew Megan Nolan for her engaging and forthrightly honest New Statesman columns about life and relationships and so was drawn to her debut novel “A... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
Ordinary Human Failings
An Irish family seek a new life in England only to become involved in the tragic death of a young child
This book is about an ordinary family with ordinary unhappiness like all other families. Yet tragedy, dysfunctional relationships and life’s hardships move... READ MORE
George  Young
Ordinary Human Failings
Compassionate and sensitive
Ordinary Human Failings is an examination of exactly that within one family. Tragedy visits Carmel, Lucy, John and Richard when they are implicated in a ta... READ MORE
Ordinary Human Failings
Far from ordinary
Ordinary Human Failings by Megan Nolan It’s 1990. A child on a London estate has been killed.Suspicion is directed at an immigrant Irish family, namely ... READ MORE
Jonathan  Kaye
Ordinary Human Failings
Not the start I would have wished for my reading challenge this year!
I can sum this book up in a single word: inane. How it ever came to be published is and will remain a mystery to me. To make matters worse, I paid hard-e... READ MORE
Clive Woolliscroft