Those who pick up a book hoping for a good wallow in tragedy and drama may regard Jon McGregor as the literary equivalent of the person in authority who shoos rubberneckers away from a juicy traffic accident with a "nothing to see here". His much-admired debut novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002), ended with a horrific catastrophe on an unremarkable urban street, but the 300 pages that prefaced it were spent detailing the residents' quotidian routines in the hours beforehand.
Despite a premise similar to the famous Groundhog Day, the book manages a completely unique storyI feel I could only do it justice in a two-hour presentation using flow charts. Nevertheless, here goes. The book is a mystery set in a country house, not long after the First World War, where a beautiful heiress is murdered during a party. A standard Golden-Age whodunnit then? Nothing here to alarm the most unadventurous detective, you might think. What is weird is the detective.
There is something very salutary about reading the news reports from 100 years ago that the Telegraph has been reprinting for the past four years. They are daily reminders, amid the sound and fury of the news, of how lucky we are today, and of how much we owe the men who fought for our freedom. From March we will be able to follow the daily course of the 1918 Spring Offensive, the German onslaught that was the Kaiser’s last throw of the dice.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".