Warner, Alan The Man Who Walks

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The Man Who Walks

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After the scandalous theft of of £27,000 from a local pub, a homeless drifter pursues his eccentric uncle, 'The Man Who Walks', up into the Highlands to recover the money. The nephew's frantic, stalled progress and other bizarre diversions form this wickedly hilarious novel.

But who is The Man Who Walks? Is he simply a water-carrying madman with one glass eye and a fondness for whisky and pony nuts, and who has a physiological inability to handle slopes? Or is he a savant, touched by the hand of God, wandering the back roads along ancient, ancestral tracks? And as the sinister, unstable nephew gains on The Man Who Walks, can it be that it will all end in a field and that this field is Culloden Moor?

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Alan Warner's new novel The Man Who Walks is his latest attempt to recapture the form and verve of his desperately brilliant, luridly beautiful, pungently lyrical Morvern Caller; his exceptional debut.

The opening sentence promises, and threatens, equally. "The Nephew was lain silent atop the paper sacks of pony nuts near the roof of the agric supply warehouse, dreaming about ghost bags, when his mobile diddled 'Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves'". From this arch but poetic introduction Warner spins a strange, eerie, brutish, edgy, kinetic, voluptuous story, set in his usual sodden and hallucinatory Scotland-on-steroids. The characters are a motley crew of misfits, lordlings, computer geeks, scribblers, and Caledonian soaks, with names like Raincheck, Macushla, Jaxter, Hacker, Syrupy Piece, Tracy the Trolley, and Brian. Together and apart these strange creatures wander the lochs and braes of Auld Scotland doing drugs, each other, and occasional disservices to the English language.

What is it about? That's a bit harder to say. The themes are the perennial Warner ones: blurred identity, rustic quirkiness, the intrusion of the surreal. There are many stunning moments of sly, shocking, vivid, Warnerian beauty; there are also a few moments of lazy underwriting, and overheated imagining. Somewhere among all this glory and disorder is probably a serious take on what it means to be a whole human being in late-capitalist Europe. This is deeply, deeply intriguing.--Sean Thomas

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"A brilliant road movie (on foot) of a book" ( Irvine Welsh)

"The Man's a genius - one of the most influential literary mould-breakers ever" ( Time Out)

"Nobody takes literary and inventive risks that pay off quite like Warner's do... The book is an immense pleasure" (Ali Smith Guardian)

"Warner is unique and treasurable" ( Daily Telegraph)

"A triumph of blackly comic modern gothic... Warner's a brilliant writer and his wild imagination is captured in prose of demented lyricism" ( Big Issue)

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