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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).

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  • 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

Gillespie, an Irishman, goes to the Congo in 1959 in pursuit of his beautiful lover Inès, a passionate Italian journalist. Unlike her, Gillespie has no interest in the deepening independence crisis, nor in the charismatic leader, Patrice Lumumba. He has other business: this is his last chance to make love work for him.

Alex Dryden

Alex Dryden is a pseudonym. He worked for many years in intelligence specialising in Russian matters and is now a writer and journalist. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, Dryden watched the statues of Lenin fall across the former Soviet Union. Since then he has charted the false dawn of democracy in Russia as the country morphed into the world's most powerful secret state.

Amanda Hickie

Amanda Hickie was born in Sydney and has lived in Australia most of her life. In 2000, she moved for some time to Canada, and was living there when Toronto was one of two centres of a SARS outbreak. Observing the news, and the response of those around her, she became interested in what decisions a family might have to make to survive an epidemic on the scale of the 1918 flu. Amanda lives in Sydney with her husband, two sons and two cats.

Andy McDermott

Andy McDermott is the bestselling author of the Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase adventure thrillers, which have been sold in over 30 countries and 20 languages. His debut novel, THE HUNT FOR ATLANTIS, was his first of several New York Times bestsellers. THE SPEAR OF ATLANTIS is the fourteenth book in the series, and he has also written the explosive spy thriller The Persona Protocol.A former journalist and movie critic, Andy is now a full-time novelist. Born in Halifax, he lives in Bournemouth with his partner and son.

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is the author of several acclaimed psychological suspense thrillers. His novels have been sold in forty-six countries and twenty languages. His debut, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar and Dagger Awards for best first novel. His novel SPILLED BLOOD won the International Thriller Writers' Best Hardcover Novel Award.Brian and his wife Marcia live in Minnesota.

Carol O'Connell

Carol O'Connell is the New York Times bestselling creator of Kathy Mallory, and the author of thirteen books, eleven featuring her acclaimed detective, most recently IT HAPPENS IN THE DARK, as well as the stand-alone thrillers JUDAS CHILD and BONE BY BONE. She lives in New York City.

Charlie Owen

Charlie Owen enjoyed a thirty-year career in the police service, serving with two forces in the Home Counties and London, reaching the rank of Inspector.

Christopher Golden

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, and Of Saints and Shadows. He has collaborated on books, comics, videogames and scripts with other writers, including Mike Mignola, Amber Benson, and Charlaine Harris. He has also written novels for teens and young adults, and, as an editor, he has worked on several short story anthologies. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. www.christophergolden.com

Claire Challis And Fabulous

Claire Challis has been Editor and Deputy Editor of some of the best-selling women's magazines in the UK for nearly a decade, from fast-paced weekly celebrity magazines, to glossy fashion monthlies. She is now a writer and journalist - and voice of the rich, glam and infamous...Fabulous has been on the sidelines of the biggest on and off-pitch stories to hit the high-octane world of premiership football - and now she's ready to share all the glamour, the gossip and the own goals...

Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin's work as a TV producer and presenter includes Reader I Married Him, Bookworm and The Nation's Favourite Poems; she is also the creator of Grand Designs and wrote the script for ITVs Victoria . She has edited numerous poetry anthologies, including the bestselling 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, and is the author of Silver River, a memoir as well as two novels, My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter. Goodwin reviews regularly for the Times and Sunday Times and writes a bibliotherapy column for the Daily Mail.

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.

Emma Lowe

Emma has narrated audio books in the UK and for RTE Radio by writers including Jennifer Johnston, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Marian Keyes, Deirdre Purcell and Maeve Binchy. Film/TV: Brooklyn, Foyles War (ITV), Fair City and The Clinic (RTE). Theatre: Hamlet (Smock Alley), Tiny Plays (Fishamble), Comedy of Errors (Rosemary Branch).

Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall was born in 1978 and grew up in the Devon countryside. She is the author of The Book of Summers, which was a Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick in 2012, A Heart Bent Out of Shape, The Sea Between Us and The Thousand Lights Hotel. She lives in Bristol with her husband, the writer Robin Etherington, and their young son.

Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, English teacher, and motivational trainer, and is now a full-time writer. Eleven of his novels have been Nebula finalists, and SEEKER won the award in 2007. In 2015 Jack won the Robert A. Heinlein Award, given an author of outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. McDevitt was selected as the winner in recognition of his body of work, which includes over 21 novels and 81 short stories.McDevitt lives in Georgia with his wife Maureen.

Jennifer Ridyard

John Connolly was born in Dublin. He is the bestselling author of eighteen books, including the Charlie Parker series and THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS, and an editor of the prizewinning non-fiction anthology BOOKS TO DIE FOR. CONQUEST is his twentieth published book. Jennifer Ridyard was born in England and grew up in South Africa, where she worked as a journalist for many years. CONQUEST is her first novel. John and Jennifer live in Dublin.

John Connolly

John Connolly was born in Dublin. He is the bestselling author of eighteen books, including the Charlie Parker series and THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS, and an editor of the prizewinning non-fiction anthology BOOKS TO DIE FOR. CONQUEST is his twentieth published book. Jennifer Ridyard was born in England and grew up in South Africa, where she worked as a journalist for many years. CONQUEST is her first novel. John and Jennifer live in Dublin.

Julia Keller

Julia Keller was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. The chief book critic for the Chicago Tribune, she has taught both creative and non-fiction writing at Princeton, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, and won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2005. Her first novel, A KILLING IN THE HILLS, was highly acclaimed is also available from Headline.

June Tate

June Tate was born in Southampton. After leaving school she became a hairdresser and spent several years working on cruise ships, first on the Queen Mary and then on the Mauritania, meeting many Hollywood film stars and VIPs on her travels. After her marriage to an airline pilot, she lived in Sussex and Hampshire before moving to Estoril in Portugal. June, who has two adult daughters, now lives in Sussex.

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Classical Voice whilst at the same time writing her first novel, MISTRESS OF ROME, in the university's basement computer lab. Now twenty-eight, Kate lives in Maryland with her husband.