Ian McGuire

Ian McGuire (born 1964)[1] is an English author and academic. In 1996 he joined the University of Manchester as a lecturer in American Literature and later lectured in Creative Writing. He was Co-Director of the Centre for New Writing and is currently a Senior Lecturer.[2]

Ian McGuire
BornHull, Yorkshire, UK
Notable worksThe North Water


McGuire is from Hull, East Yorkshire and studied at the University of Manchester. Later he received a MA from the University of Sussex then a Ph.D in 19th Century American Literature from the University of Virginia.[1] He has published stories in the Paris Review[3] and Chicago Review among others.[2] He has published articles on Walt Whitman, Herman Melville and William Dean Howells, and his sphere of interest is the American realist tradition from 1880s onwards.[1] His biography of Richard Ford, an American short story writer, "... argues that Ford’s work is best understood as a form of pragmatic realism and thus positions him as part of a deeply rooted and ongoing American debate about the nature of realism and pragmatism."[4] His novel The North Water's strength "lies in its well-researched detail and persuasive descriptions of the cold, violence, cruelty and the raw, bloody business of whale-killing."[5]



  • 2006 Incredible Bodies, Bloomsbury Publishing ISBN 9781408882474
  • 2016 The North Water, Simon & Schuster (UK)/Scribner (UK), and Henry Holt and Company (USA) ISBN 9781250118141
  • 2020 The Abstainer, Simon & Schuster (UK) /Scribner (UK), and Random House (USA) ISBN 9780593133873


  • 2015 Richard Ford and the Ends of Realism, University of Iowa Press


The North Water was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016[6]

The North Water New York Times 10 Best Books of 2016[7]

The North Water Royal Society of Literature Encore Award[8]

Historical Writers' Association Gold Crown Award[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Ian McGuire is married and lives with his wife and two children in Manchester.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "North Water (McGuire) - Author Bio". Lit Lovers. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Centre for New Writing Dr Ian McGuire". University of Manchester. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Ian McGuire Tee Red Monk". Paris Review. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Richard Ford and the Ends of Realism". University of Iowa Press. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. ^ "The North Water by Ian McGuire review – a voyage into the heart of darkness 19 February 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Man Booker Prize 2016 : the longlist in pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  7. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2016". New York Times. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Royal Society of Literature Encore Award 2017" (PDF). Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Historical Writers' Association Gold Crown Award".
  10. ^ "Ian McGuire". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 7 December 2016.