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?

The man who walks - Alan Warner

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Title
The man who walks
Author
Alan Warner
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Vintage Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20030403

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 is the author of six previous novels: Morvern Callar, These Demented Lands, The Sopranos, The Worms Can Carry Me To Heaven, The Stars in the Bright Sky, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, and The Deadman's Pedal. He is Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University.

"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"
Guardian - Ali Smith

"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"
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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Theft - Scotland - Fiction.|Eccentrics and eccentricities - Scotland - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
279

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