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  • Published: 1 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099531937
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $28.99

The Rescue Man

In a Liverpool torn apart by the Second World War, the 'Rescue Man' takes to saving the wounded from bombed buildings. But can he stop his own life from unravelling?

Liverpool, 1939. Lonely historian Tom Baines is at work on a study of the city's architectural past but the ominous news from Europe, together with his burgeoning friendship with Richard, a young photographer, and his beautiful wife, Bella, are proving a distraction.

When the bombings begin, Tom joins up as 'rescue man', retrieving the wounded and dying from the ruins of buildings, but the love affair he embarks on soon leads him into a very different kind of danger.

  • Published: 1 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099531937
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $28.99

About the author

Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. From 1998 to 2013 he was the film critic for the Independent. He is the author of six novels: The Rescue Man, which won the 2009 Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award; Half of the Human Race; The Streets, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize; Curtain Call, which was chosen for Waterstones and Mail on Sunday book clubs; Freya, a Radio 2 Book Club choice, and Eureka.

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Praise for The Rescue Man

Thoughtful, beautifully observed and utterly compelling

Independent on Sunday

A fascinating novel - very moving and beautifully nuanced and observed - it beguiles with a tremendous slow-burning power

William Boyd

A real page-tuner

Mail on Sunday

Quinn has a cinematic eye for narrative scope ... Like all good novels this book tells us something new


Tells the slowly unfolding story of Baines' journey of self-discovery with great subtlety

Sunday Times

A love letter to Liverpool ... ambitiously conceived ... [with] perfect pitch


a most impressive debut... This is an intelligent and well-paced novel...Quinn has a fine ear for language and penning original and shining similes

Doug Kemp, Historical Novels Review

An absorbing tribute to the city and its unsung heroes.

Holly Kyte, Sunday Telegraph

He [Anthony] hooks you in with his deep, complex characters; he meticulously sets the scene


In a novel of cinematic denouements, Quinn has reclaimed an intriguing chapter of Liverpool's past

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

The narrative is elegantly constructed. The novel was deservedly shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize for new fiction.

Jean Hannah Edelstein, The Guardian

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