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A Single Source: 'Topical, authoritative and gripping' Charles Cumming

Peter Hanington

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense, Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions

Veteran BBC reporter William Carver is in Cairo, bang in the middle of the Arab Spring. 'The only story in the world' according to his editor. But it isn't. From the author of the highly-acclaimed A Dying Breed.

A GRIPPING POLITICAL THRILLER SET IN THE HEART OF THE ARAB SPRING, FROM THE AUTHOR OF A DYING BREED

'Topical, authoritative and gripping' CHARLES CUMMING | 'Tight, pacy and strong on atmosphere' MICHAEL PALIN | 'Completely unputdownable - gripping' SEB EMINA | 'Compelling' MISHAL HUSSAIN | 'Draws you in from the first line and keeps you guessing until, literally, the very last' ALLAN LITTLE | 'Thrilling' DAME ANN LESLIE | 'The real deal' KIRSTY WARK | 'Compulsive and terrifying in equal measure' KATE HAMER | 'Gut-wrenching' EDWARD STOURTON

Veteran BBC reporter William Carver is in Cairo, bang in the middle of the Arab Spring. 'The only story in the world' according to his editor. But it isn't. There's another story, more significant and potentially more dangerous, and if no one else is willing to tell it, then Carver will - whatever the consequences.

A Single Source tells two stories, which over a few tumultuous months come together to prove inextricably linked. There are the dramatic, world-changing events as protests spread across North Africa and the Middle East, led by a new generation of tech-savvy youngsters challenging the corrupt old order. And then there are two Eritrean brothers, desperate enough to risk everything to make their way across the continent to a better life in Europe.

The world is watching, but its attention span is increasingly short. Carver knows the story is a complex one and, in the age of Facebook, Twitter and rolling news, difficult stories are getting harder to tell. If everyone is a reporter, then who do you believe?

'A fast-moving tale of shifting loyalties and betrayal' Crime Review
'Hugely accomplished' Irish Independent'Written with skill and humanity' Shots Mag

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Praise for A Single Source: 'Topical, authoritative and gripping' Charles Cumming

  • Completely unputdownable - gripping

  • Tight, pacy and strong on atmosphere

  • A compelling story set against some of the global forces shaping our times

  • Peter Hanington has a gift for fast-paced narrative, atmospheric location and authentic, often hilarious dialogue . . . people trafficking, gun smuggling, murder and betrayal are all conjured in a shifting interplay that draws you in from the first line and keeps you guessing until, literally, the very last.

  • If you love le Carre, were gripped by Homeland and couldn't get your nose out of A Dying Breed, Hanington's first novel about war reporters, here's another thrilling read for you . . .The anti-hero in both novels is hard-bitten hack William Carver - a classic Lunchtime O'Booze figure - who is, miraculously, still alive. Carver fans will look forward to meeting the old curmudgeon again in Hanington's next cracking tale.

  • It's such a pleasure to read a novel by a writer who is the real deal. Peter Hanington is entirely in command of this thrilling story and tells it with great verve. - Kirsty Wark, author of THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE

  • One of the most assured pieces of writing I have read for a very long time. Peter Hanington's characters come completely alive, and you feel he knows them intimately. The sense of setting out on a journey in safe hands makes it all the more shocking when the plot takes its gut-wrenching twists. A foreign correspondent's life is, like a soldier's, made up of long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror; my advice to Peter's BBC colleagues is 'pack this in your grab bag, and the dull hours will fly by'. It's very good indeed. - Edward Stourton

  • Hanington has a knack for telling the stories of the lives behind the news headlines in a way that invites you, the reader, to care about his characters. It is an invitation I am happy to accept. It is one of his many talents as a writer. - Fi Glover, the Fortunately podcast

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Peter Hanington

Peter Hanington is the author of A Dying Breed and A Single Source. He has worked as a journalist for over twenty-five years, including fourteen years at the Today Programme and more recently The World Tonight and Newshour on the BBC World Service. He lives in London with his wife and has two grown-up children.

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