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The Sandpit

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'A remarkable contemporary thriller... A triumph' WILLIAM BOYD

A journalist becomes embroiled in a world of secrets and paranoia when a nuclear scientist goes missing.

When John Dyer returns to Oxford from Brazil with his young son, Leandro, he expects a quiet life. His time living on the edge as a foreign correspondent is over.

But these rainy streets turn out to be just as treacherous as those he used to walk in Rio. Leandro's schoolmates are the children of powerful people, and a chance conversation with another father, Iranian scientist Rustum Marvar, sets Dyer onto a truly dangerous path.

Then Marvar disappears. Soon, sinister factions are circling, and become acutely interested in what Dyer knows about Marvar's world-changing discovery...

'An absorbing thriller with shades of John le Carré' Evening Standard

'Exciting... A page-turner' Daily Telegraph

About the author










Nicholas Shakespeare was born in 1957. The son of a diplomat, much of his youth was spent in the Far East and South America. His books have been translated into twenty-two languages. They include The Vision of Elena Silves (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Snowleg, The Dancer Upstairs, Inheritance, Priscilla and Six Minutes in May. He has been longlisted for the Booker Prize twice, was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Summary

Leandro's schoolmates are the children of powerful people, and a chance conversation with another father, Iranian scientist Rustum Marvar, sets Dyer onto a truly dangerous path. Then Marvar disappears.

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A joy to read, the novel reflects John le Carré's genre-stretching influence on every page: the boys' school setting, the mixture of social comedy and Hitchcockian shenanigans, the astute, sophisticated prose, the central philosophical dilemma, and the exploration of what it means to be English in a globalised world. Sunday Times

Product details

Authors Nicholas Shakespeare
Publisher Vintage UK
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 22.07.2021
 
EAN 9781529111842
ISBN 978-1-5291-1184-2
No. of pages 448
Dimensions 129 mm x 198 mm x 27 mm
Subjects Fiction > Suspense

Oxford, FICTION / Literary, FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage, Espionage & spy thriller, Oxfordshire, FICTION / Thrillers / Crime, FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense, Thriller / suspense fiction, Modern and contemporary fiction, Espionage and spy thriller, Modern and contemporary Fiction (post 1945)

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