Peace Talks

Peace Talks

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'There are war stories and there are love stories, but we only occasionally get war stories and love stories braided together. Tim Finch has written a wonderful novel, tiny and epic both. Laced with humour and sadness, this is an intimate account of what it means to make peace, both with others and with oneself' COLUM McCANN

'A shrewd delight'

Edvard Behrens is a senior diplomat of some repute, highly regarded for his work on international peace negotiations. Under his arbitration, unimaginable atrocities are coolly dissected; invisible and ancient lines, grown taut and frayed with conflict, redrawn.

In his latest post, Edvard has been sent a nondescript resort hotel in the Tyrol. High up on this mountain, the air is bright and clear. When he isn't working, Edvard reads, walks, listens to music. He confides in no one - no one but his wife Anna. Anna, who he loves with all his heart; Anna, always present and yet forever absent.

Honest, honourable, tragic, witty, wise, an unforgettable novel of love, loss, and the human longing for peace, Peace Talks maps the darkest and most tender territories of the human heart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 17mm | 246g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1526611724
  • 9781526611727
  • 554,758

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A shrewd delight * * A feat of telling ... Masterfully rendered * Spectator * As well as shining a light on the conflict resolution industry, Finch plays a canny game with our assumptions about the motives behind Anna's murder, in a smart tale slyly engineered to warn against the perils of nationalist tub-thumping * Daily Mail * Tim Finch's elegant and wintry novel has something of the feel of early Kazuo Ishiguro, and a similar acute grasp of both character and situation ... In Behrends, Finch has created a narrator both open and opaque * Observer * PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE OF JOURNALISTS: 'An ambitious, black-hued satire ... Lingers in the imagination -- Olivia Laing * New Statesman * Evocative and clever * New York Times * A strange but oddly effective mixture of often-light comedy and often-brutal reportage from the front line against tyranny -- Harry Ritchie * Daily Mail * Savagely funny * Metro * An astonishingly good book * Emerald Street *
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About Tim Finch

Tim Finch is a leading campaigner & writer on refugee and migrant issues and the author of one previous novel, The House of Journalists. His writing has been published in the The Times, Guardian and Spectator. He has broadcast frequently on the BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and CNN. He formerly worked as a director of the leading think tank IPPR, was a director at the Refugee Council and worked as a senior political journalist at the BBC. He is the founder of two charities, Sponsor Refugees and Counterpoints Arts, and also founded the migration communications agency IMIX. He collaborated with the artist Ai Weiwei on his acclaimed 2017 documentary Human Flow. He lives in London.
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