An Honest Man (Hardback)Ben Fergusson (author)
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In West Berlin in 1989, eighteen-year-old Ralf has just left school and is living a final golden summer with his three best friends. They spend their days swimming, smoking and daydreaming about the future, oblivious to the storm gathering on the other side of the Berlin Wall.
But an unsettling discovery about his family and a meeting with the mysterious Oz shatters everything Ralf thought he knew about love and loyalty. And as old Cold War tensions begin to tear his life apart, he finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, forced to make impossible choices about his country, his family and his heart.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 40 mm
'The divided Berlin of the Cold War era is brilliantly resurrected on the cusp of momentous change in Ben Fergusson's An Honest Man...the novel movingly recounts Ralf's painful discoveries about love and loyalty' - The Sunday Times
'During the hot summer of 1989, a group of friends mooch about, fall in love, swim and party. All perfectly normal - except this is West Berlin which is still divided by the Wall and awash with spies and paranoia ... The author won awards for his debut, The Spring of Kasper Meier. This is equally atmospheric and thought-provoking' - The Daily Mail
'A genre-melding mix of coming of age and spy thriller...Fergusson's prose combines a reporter's eye for detail with poetic scene-setting. "The sky was honey coloured," he writes of a party in a squat. "Around a large brick and plaster chimney, men and women drank, danced and lounged on sofas that had improbably found their way up on to the large flat roof... One girl was completely naked." But the Cold War and greater forces are in play. The party will soon be over and a profound betrayal is about to turn Ralf's world upside down. A fine summer read' - The Financial Times
'Ben Fergusson's compelling story is as sensitive as it is moving. It vividly evokes Berlin in 1989 and perfectly captures the atmosphere and mood of what was then a tragic city. And his characters are all too believable, their flaws and attributes neatly defining the human condition' - The Daily Express
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One of the best books of the past few years, An Honest Man is richly detailed, the characters are multi dimensional, the story aching at times but delights at the end. I can’t wait to read more Ben Fergusson.
One of the best books I've read this year.
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