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Overthrown by Strangers

By Ronan Bennett

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  • £8.99

A gripping story that integrates the personal and the political to produce an imaginative and powerful thriller

'We can't save ourselves,' Agustin tells Quinn and Judy, 'only each other'.

Pursued through Mexico and Guatemala by the sinister New Era Mission, three solitary fugitives are desperate not just to escape but to regain control of lives that have come apart. As the Mission closes in, they must overcome suspicions and differences and rediscover allegiances they have abandoned.

It is their only chance for survival.

Biographical Notes

Ronan Bennett was born and brought up in Belfast. His other novels are HAVOC, IN ITS THIRD YEAR (longlisted for the Booker prize), THE SECOND PRISON (shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus prize), and THE CATASTROPHIST (shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award). He has written screenplays for film and tv, and also works as a journalist (Guardian/ Observer/ London Review of Books).

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780747268208
  • Publication date: 01 Feb 2001
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Headline Review
'Where Bennett excels... is in his conjunction of politics and the personal... With Greene gone, and Richard Ford last spotted in suburbia, we need writers like Ronan Bennett; those who miss big books about big things set in big countries should watch his career with interest' Nick Hornby, TLS
'Where Bennett excels... is in his conjunction of politics and the personal... those who miss big books about big things set in big countries should watch his career with interest' Literary Supplement — Nick Hornby, The Times
Those who miss Graham Greene's dry voice will welcome this... persuasive tale... Bennett writes as a fully-fledged novelist under taut control. His burgeoning invention marks him a future winner' on Sunday — Daily Mail
'Ronan Bennett's fine second novel... Manages to keep everyone guessing until the end... Bennett has hit a tone which is frequently reminiscent of Robert Stone's earlier novels, such as A HALL OF MIRRORS and DOG SOLDIERS... He is a sensitive, sympathetic, intensely psychological writer, who uses language simply and efficiently and, above all, coldly... This sombre, low-key novel possesses a deceptive power and shell-shocked detachment but none of that structural rigidity which so often weakens thrillers... Well-written, convincing and controlled, OVERTHROWN BY STRANGERS is far more than a literate 'good read': it demonstrates the possibilities of the political thriller as a genre and also marks the swift progression of an Irish writer to international status' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
'Those who miss Graham Greene's dry voice will welcome this... persuasive tale... Bennett writes as a fully-fledged novelist under taut control. His burgeoning invention marks him a future winner' The Mail on Sunday
Impressive... Bennett is one of those rare novelists who give thriller writing a good name — Observer
A thriller without gadgets or gimmicks... Bennett relies on his questing characters to carry a story which manages to keep everyone guessing until the end — Irish Times
'he has the ferocious visio and spell-binding oratory of an Old Testament prophet... It is astonishingly powerful, for Bennett is a superb writer' Andro Linklater, Sunday Times
'This is an intelligent novel that keeps you gripped to the plot, and faces you with the 'mean things' that lie under the stories that each character tells - and that we tell ourselves.' Guardian
'Bennett is a writer who refuses the easy option with the result that the reader sees the human condition with ambiguities intact... OVERTHROWN BY STRANGERS is a deeply political novel which refuses to proselytise, offering instead an unrelenting insight into the heart of human conflict. Eoin McNamee, Sunday Tribune
'Impressive... Bennett is one of those rare novelists who give thriller writing a good name' Observer
'This restless search for truth - whether political, social or personal - in trauma, coupled with the vivid, confident handling of demanding 'foreign' material suggests Bennett is a writer whose talent is coming on fast' Time Out
`Bennett tackes the tough subject with a rare sensitivity and his tight narrative grips and disturbs in equal measures' The Times
Headline Review

The Second Prison

Ronan Bennett
Authors:
Ronan Bennett

Kane is part of a group of young Irish republican activists, whose belief in their cause at times competes with an urge to inform the police. After he is let out of jail for his alleged part in the murder of another informer, Kane goes to England to seek out and avenge himself on the final surviving member of his cell. Here he is drawn ever more deeply into the web of Tempest, the psychotic Special Branch policeman who destroyed Kane's cell in Belfast. Kane's encounter with him closes the circle of this taut, compelling novel.

Headline Review

The Catastrophist

Ronan Bennett
Authors:
Ronan Bennett

Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett was born in Falkirk in 1975. His acclaimed first novel, BOYRACERS, published whilst he was still a student, was based on his adolescent experiences growing up there. His ambitious second novel, THE INCREDIBLE ADAM SPARK, was extraordinarily well received. A full-time writer and playwright, he has acted onstage in his own 'one-woman show', 'Times When I Bite', which was also adapted for film. His plays 'The Ching Room', 'Turbo Folk' and 'The Moira Monologues' have all been recent stage successes. The Shutdown won two Jim Poole awards for Best Scottish Short Film 2009. Alan has also been a support act for Malcolm Middleton, The Vaselines and Zoey Van Goey. He currently is much in demand as a live performer of his own work.

Anne Leonard

ELISABETH ANNE LEONARD has degrees from St. John's College, the University of Pittsburgh, Kent State University, and the University of California- Hastings College of Law. She lives in Northern California. This is her first novel. anneleonardbooks.com

Barbara Mutch

Barbara Mutch is South African by birth and currently lives in Surrey but returns to South Africa every year. THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER is her first novel.

Benita Brown

Benita Brown was born and brought up in Newcastle by her English mother, the youngest of thirteen children, and her Indian father, who came to Newcastle to study medicine and fell in love with the place and the people. After meeting her husband while she was at drama school in London, Benita returned to her home town and worked as a teacher and broadcaster before becoming a full-time writer, publishing many much-loved novels. Sadly, Counting the Days was Benita's last book, as she passed away in April 2014 following a sudden illness. She will be greatly missed.

Candida Clark

Candida Clark was born in 1970. She has written film-scripts, short stories and journalism, and reviews regularly for various newspapers.

Clare Dowling

Clare Dowling began her career as an actress and has worked in theatre, film and radio. As a writer, she has had drama and children's fiction published, and has had several short films produced. As well as adult fiction, she writes scripts for Ireland's top soap, Fair City. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Dave Hill

Dave Hill is a freelance journalist who writes for most of the national newspapers, primarily for the Guardian and Evening Standard. He has written non-fiction works on football, pop music and gender politics as well as the bestselling novel, DAD'S LIFE. He lives in east London with his wife and his six children.

Domenica De Rosa

Domenica de Rosa started her career working at the Bookseller, and went on to work in children's publishing, in publicity and in editorial. Under the name Elly Griffiths she is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Dr Ruth Galloway series of mysteries, and the Stephens and Mephisto mysteries. Domenica is half-Italian and loves the Tuscan coast, although she mainly settles for Brighton, where she lives with her husband, their twins and their cat.

Dylan Lawson

Dylan Lawson is a screenwriter whose credits include Twin Peaks and The X-Files. Dylan lives with his wife and dog in Montana.

Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman`s sharp, funny, life-enhancing fiction is loved by readers everywhere, and by writers as varied as Anita Shreve and Nigella Lawson, Maggie O`Farrell and Carol Shields. Her novels include The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel`s Bed and The Way Men Act. Lipman`s novel Then She Found Me was the basis for a major film of the same name, released in 2008. She lives in New York.

Elisabeth Elo

Elisabeth Elo was born in Los Angeles but grew up near Boston, and has lived for much of her adult life close to the Atlantic. With three older siblings who became fanatical sailors and time spent at sea herself with fishermen friends, Elisabeth has a real understanding of the ocean and those who sail on it, which inspired NORTH OF BOSTON. Her essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications and her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches writing at Boston College and lives with her family in Massachusetts.

Elizabeth L Silver

Elizabeth Silver qualified as an attorney and has practised in Texas and California. She has a particular interest in capital punishment and has visited death row, interviewing inmates and meeting with victim and inmate family members. She has studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia as well as in the US. THE EXECUTION OF NOA P SINGLETON is Elizabeth's first novel.

Elsebeth Egholm

Elsebeth Egholm is a Danish author and journalist who lives in Jutland, Denmark. She has written ten books and in 2011 published Three Dog Night which was the start of a new series introducing ex-convict Peter Boutrup and was an instant bestseller.

Graham Mccoll

A freelance writer - and long-time follower of Scotland - Graham McColl contributes regularly to The Times, FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes. His many books include '78, THE ESSENTIAL HISTORY OF CELTIC and UNITED WE STAND. He also worked with Tommy Gemmell on his autobiography.

Jason Dean

Jason Dean was born in South London. He spent many years as a graphic designer before turning his talent to writing and deciding to write the kind of American thrillers he`d always loved to read. He lives in Thailand with his wife.

Johanna Lane

Johanna Lane was born in Ireland and studied English Literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she was awarded the Hemingway Prize for her short fiction. Upon graduating, the University awarded her the Robert T. Jones Graduate Fellowship to study in the U.S. and she chose Columbia's Creative Writing MFA programme. There, she was one of six students from the School of the Arts selected to teach undergraduate writing. As a work in progress, her first novel, COMING IN FROM THE SEA, was short-listed for the University of East Anglia's Charles Pick Fellowship. She teaches composition and creative writing in New York.

Judy Chicurel

Judy Chicurel grew up in Long Beach, Long Island. Her work has appeared in national, regional and international publications including the New York Times, Granta, and Newsday. Her plays have been produced and performed in Manhattan and India. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.http://www.judychicurel.com/

Manette Ansay

Manette Ansay is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: MIDNIGHT CHAMPAGNE, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, RIVER ANGEL, SISTER and VINEGAR HILL, an Oprah Winfrey Bookclub Selection, a short-story collection, READ THIS AND TELL ME WHAT IT SAYS, and a memoir, LIMBO, of her battle with illness to begin her writing career.