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Dr Ian McGuire (born 1964)[1] is an author and academic who is interested in American realist fiction. 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 an Honorary Senior Lecturer.[2]

Ian McGuire
BornHull, England 1964
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] This tradition is defined as the "faithful representation of reality"[4] and his published works reflect this interest. 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."[5] The novel The North Water ",,, strength ... lies in its well-researched detail and persuasive descriptions of the cold, violence, cruelty and the raw, bloody business of whale-killing."[6]




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


The North Water was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016[7]

The North Water New York Times 10 Best Books of 2016[8]

The North Water Royal Society of Literature Encore Award for best second novel of the year 2017[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. ^ "Realism in American Literature, 1860-1890". Washington State University. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Richard Ford and the Ends of Realism". University of Iowa Press. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  6. ^ "The North Water by Ian McGuire review – a voyage into the heart of darkness 19 February 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Man Booker Prize 2016 : the longlist in pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  8. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2016". New York Times. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Royal Society of Literature Encore Award 2017" (PDF). Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Ian McGuire". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 7 December 2016.