Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009.
In Dublin, a newspaper editor is found dead. One of his colleagues, Owen Simmons, discovers a dossier on the dead man’s desk. And in the dossier Owen finds a photograph, which brings him back, once again, to a dusty road in Africa and to the woman he once loved …
Not Untrue and Not Unkind is Owen’s story – a gripping story of friendship, rivalry and betrayal amongst a group of journalists and photographers covering Africa’s wars. A remarkably assured and mature debut, it is a tale utterly for our times.
‘A simply brilliant debut by an author of great poise and power’ Tim Butcher, author of Blood River
‘A fine, darkly authoritative novel’ Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland
‘The most exciting first novel I have read in many years’ Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2007
‘Superb’ The Times
‘Gripping’ Daily Mail