I Refuse

by Per Petterson

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

I Refuse Synopsis

'Tommy. How long have we been friends.' 'All of our lives,' Tommy said. 'I can't remember us ever not being friends. When would that have been.' Jim said. 'I think it could last the rest of our lives,' he said carefully, in a low voice. 'Don't you think.' 'It will last if we want it to. It depends on us. We can be friends for as long as we want to.' Tommy's mother has gone. She walked out into the snow one night, leaving him and his sisters with their violent father. Without his best friend Jim, Tommy would be in trouble. But Jim has challenges of his own which will disrupt their precious friendship.

Win the Poldark Series 4 Box set!

Win the Poldark Series 4 Box set!

Closing date: 31/08/2018

We are offering THREE lucky people the chance to win the Series 4 box set of the hit ITV period drama (RRP: £24.99). 1796: To defend Cornwall and those he loves from an empowered George, Ross must learn to play the political game on a journey that takes him to the nation's capital and into new perils. While Demelza manages the Poldark’s affairs at home, Elizabeth moves to further secure her marriage. Drake struggles in resigning Morwenna to life with Osborne and the Enyses are tested as never before. Prime Minister Pitt calls an election and uncertainty grips the country. While Ross watches Cornwall suffer under the power of Truro’s MP, George Warleggan, Demelza’s infidelity leaves her strained between her husband and a lovesick Hugh, who is set to rival George in the upcoming election. The Enyses contemplate having a child and Elizabeth seeks the same to secure her marriage. Meanwhile, Morwenna uses Osborne’s affair with her sister Rowella to keep the reverend’s advances at bay and Demelza seeks to reconcile rival local Lords Falmouth and Basset. The draw closes on the 31st August and the winner will be notified by the 7th September.

Enter Now

I Refuse Press Reviews

'Illuminated by a clear and insightful knowledge of what it means to be human... Petterson is really a masterful depictor of contemporary life.'

-Nordjyske, Denmark


'I Refuse is, despite its apparent realism, a nearly magical literary experience... It simply does not get much better than this.'

-Ekstra Bladet, Denmark


'Petterson confirms his reputation as Scandinavia's leading realist writer...the heart-rending contrast between power and powerlessness, silence and speech is anchored in every word in these pages. And in the reader's soul.'

-Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark


'A masterpiece...at least as good as Out Stealing Horses... Intimate, shocking, demanding, raw.'

-Morgenbladet, Norway


'Norwegian literature's clearest shining star...a masterful novel about friendship, violence and destruction.'

-Information, Denmark

If you loved this, you might like these...

The Noise of Time
The Shattered Crown
Levels of Life

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781846557811
Publication date: 23/10/2014
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846557811
Publication date: 23rd October 2014
Author: Per Petterson
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,

About Per Petterson

Per Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several years as an unskilled labourer and a bookseller. He made his literary breakthrough in 2003 with the prizewinning novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been published in forty-nine languages and won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

More About Per Petterson

More Books By Per Petterson

Cover for I Refuse by Per Petterson
View All Books By Per Petterson

Share this book