Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 07/03/2024
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Beautifully written, emotional.
Cyrus's mother was killed when her plane was shot out of the air by the US by mistake. When older he turned to drugs and drink to heal the pain. His father... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor
Whimsical Grief. Absolutely Amazing
Firstly, I would like to thank the publishers for sending this book my way. This is a beautiful story that I found so inspiring, and just gave me such a... READ MORE
Jake at Lakeside
A mesmerising debut!
Reading Martyr! was such an emotional experience. I found myself completely absorbed in the narrative of Cyrus, our protagonist, and the details of his lif... READ MORE
A terrific debut
I just couldn't put this down, absolutely tore through it and I'm tempted to go back and reread. This is a kunstleroman with a timely and political charge... READ MORE
Archie at Wells
A perfect poetic novel
Cyrus' mother died when he was a baby when an Iranian passenger flight was shout out of the sky by a US Navy warship. Now a grown man, living in the Americ... READ MORE
This one was a really surpsising read for me, I found it started slow but once the plot got rolling I absolutely loved it. Cyrus went from being an incredi... READ MORE
Original and gorgeous x
People far cleverer than I have reviewed Martyr more thoughtfully than I ever could, so I'll keep it short. Messy, playful, imaginative fiction with a deli... READ MORE
Hannah at Hanley


Cyrus Shams is lost. Ever since his mother’s plane was senselessly shot down over the Persian Gulf when he was just a baby, Cyrus has been grappling with her death. Now, newly sober, he is set to learn the truth of her life. When an encounter with a dying artist leads Cyrus towards the mysteries of his past - an uncle who rode through Iranian battlefields dressed as an Angel of Death, a haunting work of art by an exiled painter – he finds himself once again caught up in the story of his mother, who may not have been who or what she seemed. As Cyrus searches for meaning in the scattered clues of his life, a final revelation transforms everything he thought he knew.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781035026067
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 450g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 30 mm

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Wildly Refreshing
This was fantastic. A really surprising book. I can honestly say that it defied all my expectations and I loved it. Funny, smart and darkly comical, this i... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Great Debut!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. I started this book yesterday with an idea of what to expect... I was entirely wrong. Sometimes i... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
An ambitious debut novel
A much anticipated (at least in the US) debut novel from an award winning Iranian-American poet. The book begins in 2015 (before quickly jumping forward... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
2024 is turning out to be such a good year for debut novels
We seem to be in a time of very strong debut novels. Often these are coming from writers who have already established themselves within the literary world... READ MORE
Phil Ramage