A Lonely Man


Robert is a struggling writer living in Berlin with his wife and two young daughters. In a bookshop 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 a magnetic one that begins to obsess him. He decides to use Patrick, and his story.

In stock

Check the box below to add a card to the basket. Please use ‘Notes’ to indicate occasion and your message


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 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

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

Additional information

Weight 266 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.9 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

Join Waitlist We will inform you when the product arrives in stock. Please leave your valid email address below.