A Lonely Man

Chris Power


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Faber & Faber
7 April 2022
ISBN: 9780571341221
320 pages

From the publisher

*A New Statesman Book of the Year*

A taut, subtle, postmodern literary thriller.‘ SUNDAY TIMES
A remarkable debutan 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

When two men meet in a bookshop in Berlin they begin an uneasy friendship. Patrick has a sensational story to tell, one that Robert decides to take for 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…

A classy page-turner.’ MAIL ON SUNDAY