|Author:||C. K. Stead|
In Risk, acclaimed New Zealand author C.K. Stead "has the ability to set the scene in a few pithy lines and condense more telling details into a handful of pages than many writers manage in their entire chapters" said the Sunday Times.
Recently divorced New Zealand native Sam Nola returns to London, where he spent two years in his early twenties. It is early 2003, and on both sides of Atlantic the case for military intervention in Iraq is being made--or fabricated. But life for Sam has never been better: a grown-up, half-French daughter from a long ago affair has recently got in touch, and he has walked into a lucrative role in the booming banking sector. It is only when he learns of the deaths of two friends within a week that intrigue begins to intrude on his contentment, that life begins to feel a little more precarious.
'An elegant and assured novel. It is a pleasure to read a writer who knows just what he is doing and how to do it' Allan Massie, Scotsman. 'A few chapters in, I found myself in the grip of an artist with the ability to capture mood and beauty in a sentence' John Gapper, Financial Times.
C.K. Stead is the renowned author of poetry, literary criticism, short stories, and of novels such as Mansfield and My Name Was Judas. He was awarded the C.B.E. for services to New Zealand literature and was the winner of the 2010 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.