The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/01/2014
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The Flamethrowers
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This is one of those books that makes you feel pretty darn cool. It's about art, political revolution, social mobility, New York, brooding Italians and com... READ MORE
Amber Blundell at Edinburgh George Street

Synopsis

FROM THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THE MARS ROOM

SHORTLISTED FOR THE FOLIO PRIZE 2014

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

Reno mounts her motorcycle and sets a collision course for New York.

In 1977 the city is alive with art, sensuality and danger. She falls in with a bohemian clique colonising downtown and the lines between reality and performance begin to bleed.

A passionate affair with the scion of an Italian tyre empire carries Reno to Milan, where she is swept along by the radical left and drawn into a spiral of violence and betrayal.

The Flamethrowers is an audacious novel that explores the perplexing allure of femininity, fakery and fear. In Reno we encounter a heroine like no other.

Best Books of the Year:
* Guardian * New York Times * The Times * Observer * Financial Times * New Yorker * Telegraph * Slate * Oprah * Vogue * Time * Scotsman * Evening Standard *
Shortlisted for the National Book Awards 2013

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099586982
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 343g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm

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The Flamethrowers
outsiders looking in
Though the heroine of this book is Reno it also tells us about Valera and Sandro it includes stories from first world war and 1970s New York but even thoug... READ MORE
Carol Edelston
The Flamethrowers
a matter of balance
I absolutely loved the pages in which main character Reno shares her love for speeding with us. I wouldn’t have believed that a description of motor racing... READ MORE
Books and Liliane
The Flamethrowers
Burns hot at first...
Started well but got really slow in the middle. I pushed through to the end thanks to the good (if occasionally overcooked) writing, but the lack of plot m... READ MORE
AlexandraR