novelist, born in Glasgow, he read English at the University of Strathclyde. His first novel, Our Fathers (1999), is a story of a Glasgow family: Jamie Bawn goes to stay with his ailing grandfather Hugh, once known as ‘Mr Housing’, builder of tower blocks, champion of social urban development. The book is about a clash of cultures, and a clash between past and future. O'Hagan followed this with Personality (2003), which examines the price of celebrity through an Italian‐Scottish girl who becomes a singing sensation. His third novel, Be Near Me (2006), describes the relationship between a priest, Father David, and a teenage boy. He is also the author of The Missing (1995), a study of people who disappear, which includes an account of his own childhood. In 2003, O'Hagan was among Granta magazine's Best of Young British Novelists.