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A Lonely Man

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 taut, subtle, postmodern literary thriller.’ Sunday Times
‘Gripping.’ Financial Times
A delicate snare of a novel … Alluring and seductive.’ Brandon Taylor

He was the only one who knew it had happened and he would never speak about it. He promised himself that, standing in the darkness outside the house, lighting one cigarette from the end of another.

When two writers meet in a bookshop in Berlin, they begin an uneasy friendship. Patrick has a sensational story to tell, but Robert isn’t convinced – until he decides to use it himself. A twist on the cat-and-mouse narrative, A Lonely Man is about the search for identity and the elastic nature of truth. As the two men’s association hurtles towards tragedy, Robert is forced to confront whether actual events are the only things that give a story life, and if some stories are too dangerous to tell…

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‘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
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‘A classy page-turner.’

Mail on Sunday
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‘An elegant suspense novel in the tradition of the The Third ManA Lonely Man is a superb suspense novel, imbued with moral and narrative complexity.’

Washington Post
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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
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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