A Lonely Man

Chris Power

£14.99

Jo says: 

“For fans of the brilliant short story collection Mothers, Power’s first full length novel is a tense and addictive literary story steeped in plot and place.

Robert is a blocked writer living in Berlin with his wife and kids. One night he bumps into Patrick in a bookshop—a well regarded ghost writer who fears he’s being followed after being hired by a Russian oligarch just found dead. Robert befriends him and hearing his story believes he might have found the key to unlock his writers block and—without permission—begins writing Patrick’s story.
What follows is a cleverly crafted novel within a novel that questions the layers of reality it sets up. Is Patrick delusional about being followed? Does Robert have permission to tell Patrick’s story? Robert’s retelling of Patrick’s story flows cleverly from Chris Power’s telling of Robert’s story and raises the questions about ego and the ethical lines that can be crossed in the pursuit of art. Reading this book in a lockdown was a perfect (though tense!) escape and a way to ‘travel’ to the tree lined streets, squares and dark Hinterhof of Berlin which provide the perfect backdrop to the shadowy world that Power evokes so well. Highly recommended ✨”

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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
‘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?

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Weight0.451 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 13.5 × 2.2 cm
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