The book contains an exclusive Author Q&A, and a brand new short story, “Aftermaths”, set some time after the end of the novel. The Violent Century is currently on the International IMPAC Dublin Award longlist, was blurbed by no less a writer than James Ellroy, and was called a “masterpiece” by both the Independent (in the UK) and Library Journal (in the US).
So, you know. It’s nice!
They’d never meant to be heroes.
For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.
But there must always be an account… and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.
Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism – a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields – to answer one last, impossible question:
What makes a hero?