2024 Political Fiction Book prize finalist

Ordinary Human Failings

Megan Nolan

Published by: Jonathan Cape

A novel that handles trauma with honesty and care. There is no sugar-coating with virtue or easy beauty here. This is a story that employs a cleanly cinematic gaze to observe the plain disintegration of a family through a pattern of social circumstance, addiction and prejudice, egged on by the ruthlessness of 90s tabloid journalism – to give us a portrayal of a society both fractured and hopeful.


Ross Raisin, Orwell Prize for Political Fiction judge 2024