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 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 classy page-turner.MAIL ON SUNDAY
A taut, subtle, postmodern literary thriller.SUNDAY TIMES

When two men meet in a bookshop in Berlin they begin an uneasy friendship. Patrick has a sensational story to tell: a ghostwriter for a Russian oligarch recently found hanged, he says the people who killed his boss are now following him…

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…

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

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
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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
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‘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 Supplment
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‘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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