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A Lonely Man (Hardback)

Chris Power

The first novel by the acclaimed author of Mothers — a deft, delicate inquisition of identity and ambition, and a daring act of fiction.

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A New Statesman Book of the Year 2021
A Metro Book of the Year 2021
A Washington Post ’10 Best Thriller and Mystery Books of 2021′

A taut, subtle, postmodern literary thriller.SUNDAY TIMES
A remarkable debut; an accomplished and intricately plotted story.’—JON McGREGOR
A Lonely Man is a delicate snare of a novel.’—BRANDON TAYLOR
A thrilling, unnerving novel a page-turner with exacting syntax and emotional heft.’—CATHERINE LACEY
Impressively deftA Lonely Man is a tense and taut work.’—BENJAMIN MYERS
‘A classy page-turner.’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

Robert is a struggling writer living in Berlin with his wife and two young daughters. One night he meets Patrick, an enigmatic stranger with a sensational story to tell: a ghostwriter for a Russian oligarch – recently found hanged – who is now being followed. But is he really in danger? Patrick’s life strikes Robert as a fabrication, but one that comes to obsess him. He decides to use the other man, and his story.

An elegant and atmospheric twist on the cat-and-mouse narrative, A Lonely Man is a novel of shadows, of the search for identity and the elastic nature of truth. As his association with Patrick hurtles towards tragedy, Robert must decide: are actual events the only things that give a story life, and are some stories too dangerous to tell?

Critic Reviews

An intricate and elegant story, and cleverly metatextual. A Lonely Man is an exploration of the creative process, and the sacrifices that are made in real life in the pursuit of art.

Irish Times
Critic Reviews

An elegant, atmospheric story of shadows and half-truths... a taut, subtle, postmodern literary thriller written with an exacting command over its form... The final 50 pages are so tense, I found myself both too stressed to go on and too stressed to stop, a total captive to the story.

Johanna Thomas-Corr, Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

A classy page-turner… Unbearably tense, the intricate narrative delivers electric drama as well as thought-provoking reflections on storytelling ethics.

Mail on Sunday
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Postmodern metafiction with an old-school plot, this is the slickest, smartest and most enjoyable novel I’ve read in years.

Frances Wilson, Spectator
Critic Reviews

Power holds in a state of suspension two distinct narrative modes. There is the Le Carré-esque Russian spy plot… then there is a looser, elegant literary flaneurism, reminiscent of Ben Lerner et al . . . This balancing act is expertly handled.

Lamorna Ash, Times Literary Supplement
Critic Reviews

Power excels at capturing the small details and at nudging subtle shifts in relationships between his characters.

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Chris Power

Chris Power is the author of A Lonely Man and Mothers, which was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. He lives in London.

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