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The Rescue Man

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Liverpool, 1939. Lonely historian Tom Baines is at work on a study of the city's architectural past but the ominous news from Europe, together with his burgeoning friendship with Richard, a young photographer, and his beautiful wife, Bella, are proving a distraction. When the bombings begin, Tom joins up as 'rescue man', retrieving the wounded and dying from the ruins of buildings, but the love affair he embarks on soon leads him into a very different kind of danger.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 298g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099531933
  • 9780099531937
  • 220,089

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"Thoughtful, beautifully observed and utterly compelling" Independent on Sunday "A fascinating novel - very moving and beautifully nuanced and observed - it beguiles with a tremendous slow-burning power" -- William Boyd "Brilliant...an involving meditation on passion, history and architecture" Daily Mail "A love letter to Liverpool...ambitiously conceived... He has perfect pitch when it comes to the prose of each period, so much so that when I started the novel, I had the uncanny sense that what I was reading must have been salvaged from the 1940s. Its every line convinces" -- Kate Kellaway Observer "The story has the resonant simplicity of a poem... The Rescue Man turns the ongoing frenzy of construction and destruction into a quietly powerful metaphor of how we grow up" Guardianshow more

About Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. From 1998 to 2014 he was the film critic of the Independent. He is the author of four very successful novels: The Rescue Man, which won the 2009 Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, Half of the Human Race, The Streets, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize, and Curtain Call, which was chosen for Waterstones and Mail on Sunday Book Clubs.show more

Review Text

"A love letter to Liverpool...ambitiously conceived... He has perfect pitch when it comes to the prose of each period, so much so that when I started the novel, I had the uncanny sense that what I was reading must have been salvaged from the 1940s. Its every line convinces"show more

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'A love letter to Liverpool...ambitiously conceived...He has perfect pitch when it comes to the prose of each period, so much so that when I started the novel, I had the uncanny sense that what I was reading must have been salvaged from the 1940s. Equally remarkable is the Victorian prose of Eames's journal. Its every line convinces' Observer 'An excellent debut...a moving and powerfully told story of late coming-of-age and redemptive love' Literary Review 'The story has the resonant simplicity of a poem...The Rescue Man turns the ongoing frenzy of construction and destruction [of Liverpool] into a quietly powerful metaphor of how we grow up' Guardian 'Thematically rich and masterfully constructed' TLS 'Brilliant...an involving meditation on passion, history and architecture' Daily Mail 'Quinn has a cinematic eye for narrative scope... Like all good debut novels this book tells us something new' Spectator Liverpool, 1939. Lonely historian Tom Baines is at work on a study of the city's architectural past but ominous news from Europe, together with his burgeoning friendship with Richard, a young photographer and his beautiful wife, Bella, are proving a distraction. When the bombings begin Tom joins up as a 'rescue man', saving the dead and dying from the ruins of buildings, but the love affair he embarks on soon leads him into a very different kind of danger.show more
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