Book of the Week

A Lonely Man by Chris Power

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?

‘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