Nathan O'Hagan - Books
Two years on from the life-changing events of The World is (Not) a Cold Dead Place, misanthropic anti-hero Gary Lennon is back.
With a girlfriend, a new therapist and a slightly less unfulfilling job, Gary is trying to get his act together. But, in these troubling times, just how long can Gary keep a lid on his simmering frustrations? And will speaking his mind now be enough, especially when an anarchic old friend comes crashing back into his life...
The Last Sane Man on Earth is an acerbically funny critique of post-Brexit Britain and the social media age, through the eyes of one of modern fiction's great outsiders.
"Like a punctured can of beer, this great novel seethes as it slowly releases its pressure. Like Irvine Welsh or Chuck Palahniuk, O'Hagan is fearless, unflinching and never afraid to go too far if his acutely observed characters demand it. The result is a satirical, poignant and hilarious modern classic for our wounded times."
Mark Connors, author of Stickleback
On the streets of Liverpool, three men's lives are on a collision course...
Christian McGann, a young skateboarder coming to terms with and exploring
his own sexuality; Scott Collins, a steroid-addicted body builder troubled by
strange new feelings and dark fantasies; and Nick Hanman, a failing family
man bullied by his abusive father, manipulated by his powerful boss and
compromised by his shady profession as a fixer of other people's problems.
Out of the City will take you on a post-noir tour of the wreckage of their story,
through bars, gyms, housing estates, retirement homes, gay clubs and
footballers' Cheshire mansions, showing us a world of psychosexual violence
suffocating guilt, and maybe that one last shot at redemption.
I have developed a detachment from the rest of the human race. I don't fear them. I don't consider myself above them. It's just that I genuinely loathe them. There is no reason. I wasn't abused as a child. There were no traumatic events in adolescence, no heartbreak or rejection in early adulthood. Nothing to account for the person I have become. I shall offer no explanation, no mitigation for what I am. But whatever the reason, I have come adrift from mankind, and that is where I intend to stay.
Welcome to Gary Lennon's world. It isn't a cold dead place. You'll like it there. You'll see things his way and you'll want to stay. But Gary's therapist has other ideas. He thinks Gary should get a job, meet people and interact with the real world. Look out, people. Look out, world.
"Gary is an anti-hero for our times, Everyman and the Outsider rolled into one, and his zeitgeist will explode off the page and roll down your chin with each mounting episode." John Lake (author, Hot Knife)
"Dark, funny, shitty, violent and moving. A Birkenhead OCD sufferer is forced to work in Call Centre. If you want a book that will make you laugh throughout try this."
James Brown - Sabotage Times, talkSPORT, founder of Loaded.