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*A New Statesman Book of the Year*
‘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 deft… A Lonely Man is a tense and taut work.’—BENJAMIN MYERS
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?
Chris Power’s quiet yet compelling touch is reminiscent of Alice Munro and Peter Stamm.
An extraordinarily unshowy craftsman.
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