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I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
  

I Saw a Man

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June 2015 Book of the Month.

Subtle, powerful writing fills the pages in this commanding and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly taking you in unexpected directions, yet encouraging reflection in every day issues, the author explores loss, death and guilt with a skilful hand. After the captivating first chapter you are suddenly left hanging as a shift in time takes you back to explain the events that have lead to this point. The tension builds as the chapters flow between the background to the story and the current moment. As linked events expand, they take on the same importance as the question invoked in the first chapter. There is a shrewd understanding of human nature on display, how death can affect people, no matter where in the world it’s experienced. This intelligent intense novel draws you in, demands your attention and when it finally lets you go, continues to flicker and snag at your consciousness. ~ Liz Robinson

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Reader Reviews

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  • Sarah Tilley - 'One of the best written books I have read in a long time.'
  • Tracey Poulter - 'This powerful book explores the nature of grief and how one moment, one action, one small decision can change our lives forever.'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'The book took a very long time to reveal its surprise, and as such I felt it was spread too thinly - it didn’t seem to dig deep enough, or really explore the effects of loss properly.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A brilliant read, the reader gets to know the characters in detail, their lives and problems, and all blends into a fulfilling read which is light and easy to follow.'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'Very good, I read it in one sitting, well almost one sitting, brilliant.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'An unusual story by Owen Sheers including the depths of grief, the guilt of an accident and secrets to be kept or told. A gripping tale which keeps your attention.'
  • Janice Maxwell - 'OMG couldn't put it down, love love loved it.'
  • Judith Griffith - 'Owen Sheers catches your attention with the book's opening sentence, compelling you to read on to discover the characters' fate; how their lives intertwine and then slowly unravel.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This book should come with a warning – be prepared to read words describing with exact precision, the devastation felt when losing someone very close, very suddenly.  Powerful and amazing stuff.'
  • Liz Bloomer - 'A wonderful read, keeping you immersed from beginning to end. This is a story about the tragic loss of life and love and the impact on everyone around the central character.'
  • Lisa Hall -  'Well-written, and with a fairly shocking storyline this is good read.'

Synopsis

I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers

The event that changed all of their lives happened on a Saturday afternoon in June, just minutes after Michael Turner - thinking the Nelsons' house was empty - stepped through their back door. After the sudden loss of his wife, Michael Turner moves to London and quickly develops a close friendship with the Nelson family next door. Josh, Samantha and their two young daughters seem to represent everything Michael fears he may now never have: intimacy, children, stability and a family home. Despite this, the new friendship at first seems to offer the prospect of healing, but then a catastrophic event changes everything. Michael is left bearing a burden of grief and a secret he must keep, but the truth can only be kept at bay for so long. Moving from London and New York to the deserts of Nevada, I Saw a Man is a brilliant exploration of violence, guilt and attempted redemption, written with the pace and grip of a thriller. Owen Sheers takes the reader from close observation of the domestic sphere to some of the most important questions and dilemmas of the contemporary world.

About the Author

Owen Sheers has written two collections of poetry, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill. His non-fiction includes The Dust Diaries and Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby. His novel Resistance has been translated into ten languages and was made into a film in 2011. His plays include The Passion and The Two Worlds of Charlie F. He has been a NYPL Cullman Fellow, Writer in Residence for the Wordsworth Trust and Artist in Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th May 2015

Author

Owen Sheers

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Author's Website

www.owensheers.co.uk/
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Publisher

Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books of the Month
Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571317721

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