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Death of an Ordinary Man

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This is a young writer whom I believe has something important to say, not about death as the title may imply, but about life and the way we live it. It is a wonderful book, beautifully written. I urge you to read it.

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Synopsis

Death of an Ordinary Man by Glen Duncan

Nathan Clark is back from the dead, to ask the one question we all have: why?

Nathan's gravestone offers a short and hopeful summary: At rest. But Nathan is not at rest, and knows he won't be until he can find out how and why he died.

A spectral spectator throughout the day of the wake, he listens to his wife, son, daughter, father and best friend, getting to know them like he has never known them before. But there are two things he can't understand: a strange couple on the fringes of the wake, whose presence fills him with dread; and a room in his house he never knew existed, with a door he feels compelled to open. A door that he knows will lead to a terrifying secret.

Part detective story, part family portrait, part tale of the supernatual, Death of an Ordinary Man is an unflinching look at the margins of human experinece, where the boundaries of fundamental feelings -- love, grief, desire, shame and hope -- meet and mingle, and no motivation is as simple as it seems.

Reviews

'There is no one around posing the questions that Glen Duncan is posing in the manner that he is posing them. What he is doing is wonderful, extraordinarily dark, and yes, important. It is important because he is a major writer' Charlie Hill, Independent On Sunday

'An appallingly intelligent writer … a dense, subtle, sensitive, perfectly shaped fiction' Guardian

'A virtuoso variation on a theme … a novel of force and eloquence' Sunday Telegraph


'A staggeringly good writer … Unflinchingly honest' Uncut


'Unsparing brilliance' Metro


'Far from the sentimental territory of THE LOVLEY BONES. Duncan's unflinching confrontation of the darkest emotions it lit by pity and tenderness. It is not so much a story about death, but what it means to live, be human and fight to find explanations' Observer

About the Author

Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan was born in Bolton in 1965 to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied Philosophy and Literature at Lancaster University

In 1990 Glen moved up to London, where he worked as a bookseller for Dillons for four years. In 1994 he travelled to India with his father before continuing on to America, where he travelled around on Amtrak trains. His first novel, Hope was praised on both sides of the Atlantic when it was published in 1997. He currently divides his time between New York and London.

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Publication date

4th April 2005

Author

Glen Duncan

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster (trade Division)

Format

Paperback

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ISBN

9780743252287

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