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.
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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 -
Brilliant...an involving meditation on passion, history and architecture - Daily Mail
A love letter to Liverpool...ambitiously conceived... He has perfect pitch when it comes to the prose of each period, so much so that when I started the novel, I had the uncanny sense that what I was reading must have been salvaged from the 1940s. It's every line convinces - Observer
The story has the resonant simplicity of a poem... The Rescue Man turns the ongoing frenzy of construction and destruction into a quietly powerful metaphor of how we grow up - Guardian
An excellent debut...a moving and powerfully told story of late coming-of-age and redemptive love - Literary Review
Tells the slowly unfolding story of Baines' journey of self-discovery with great subtlety - Sunday Times
Quinn has a cinematic eye for narrative scope... Like all good novels this book tells us something new - Spectator
An absorbing tribute to the city and its unsung heroes - Sunday Telegraph
In a novel of cinematic denouements, Quinn has reclaimed an intriguing chapter of Liverpool's past - Independent
A real page-tuner - Mail on Sunday
He [Anthony] hooks you in with his deep, complex characters; he meticulously sets the scene - www.thebookbag.co.uk
Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. Since 1998 he has been the film critic of the Independent. His first novel, The Rescue Man, won the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award in 2009. His second novel, Half of the Human Race, was published in 2011 and was selected for the Channel 4 TV Bookclub. His most recent book is The Streets.