The Possessions of Doctor Forrest

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ISBN 9780571241545 Format Paperback
9780571241545
Paperback
Published 02/06/2011 Length 368 pages
368

About Book

Three respected Scottish doctors - psychiatrist Steve Hartford, paediatric surgeon Grey Lochran and cosmetic surgeon Robert Forrest - have been close friends since their Edinburgh boyhoods, and now live handsomely in suburban London. But for each, midlife has brought certain discontents, especially for Forrest, a reformed womaniser who broods over his fading looks and the departure of his beautiful younger girlfriend.

When Dr Forrest goes missing one summer evening and fails to return, Lochran and Hartford are alarmed by the thought of what might have befallen their friend. The police can find no evidence of foul play, but the two doctors resolve to conduct their own investigation.

Soon, however, Lochran and Hartford find themselves bedevilled by bizarre, unnerving events, and the attentions of menacing strangers. Robert Forrest, they come to realise, has remained closer than they could ever have imagined...

Three respected Scottish doctors - psychiatrist Steve Hartford, paediatric surgeon Grey Lochran and cosmetic surgeon Robert Forrest - have been close friends since their Edinburgh boyhoods, and now live handsomely in suburban London. But for each, midlife has brought certain discontents, especially for Forrest, a reformed womaniser who broods over his fading looks and the departure of his beautiful younger girlfriend. When Dr Forrest goes missing one summer evening and fails to return, Lochran and Hartford are alarmed by the thought of what might have befallen their friend. The police can find no evidence of foul play, but the two doctors resolve to conduct their own investigation. Soon, however, Lochran and Hartford find themselves bedevilled by bizarre, unnerving events, and the attentions of menacing strangers. Robert Forrest, they come to realise, has remained closer than they could ever have imagined...
  • About Richard T. Kelly

    Richard T Kelly is the author of three novels published by Faber and Faber: Crusaders (2008, ‘a magnificent state of the nation epic’ – Financial Times); The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011, ‘a horror novel of the most enjoyably reckless stripe’ – TLS); and The Knives (2016, 'the best novel about modern politics I have read in years' – Observer). In 2013 he co-wrote Judith Tebbutt’s memoir of hostage in Somalia, A Long Walk Home, which was a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’, a Sunday Times bestseller, and 2013 National Book Awards nominee as Best Autobiography.

    He has also published a number of interview-based books about filmmakers: Alan Clarke (1998), The Name of this Book is Dogme 95 (2000) and the authorised biography Sean Penn: His Life and Times (2004). Keegan & Dalglish, his study of the parallel careers of two legendary footballers, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.

    Eclipse, his first screenplay for television, was broadcast by Channel 4 in 2010. He has also written scripts for film and stage.

    Richard has also worked in publishing as an editor of books at Faber and Faber and at Penguin Random House, and has acted as a consultant to the literary agency Tibor Jones. He is currently Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Northampton, and a contributing editor to Esquire magazine.
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