Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan
The theme of this Scottish Catholic novel is the collision of the old Scotland of municipal socialism and the new. That collision is dramatized in the story of the narrator's grandfather, an ambitious but misguided social improver.
O'Hagan's "The Missing" was shortlisted for the "Esquire"/Waterstone's Award, the Saltire First Book Award, and the McVitie's prize for Scottish Writer of the Year.
Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (First Novel) 1999 and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2001 and Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2000 and Whitbread Book Awards: First Novel Category 1999 and Booker Prize for Fiction 1999.
Andrew O'Hagan is one of his generation's most exciting and serious chroniclers of contemporary Britain. He has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize three times and was voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. His most recent novel is The Illuminations (2015).