Literary Simon Lelic The Facility

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The Facility

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Henry Graves has dedicated his life to the prison service, but he is unprepared for his new assignment. Tasked with managing a hidden government facility, Henry finds himself tested as never before. Tom Clarke, a precocious but naive journalist, has his own problems meanwhile. His life is turned upside down by the arrival of Julia Priestley, who seeks his help in finding her estranged husband, Arthur, an innocent dentist who has been arrested under severe new anti-terrorism legislation. Discovering a trail that implicates those at the very top of government, Tom and Julia begin a quest to find Arthur, and the truth about his incarceration. But some people will stop at nothing to keep the facility's secret hidden.

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Simon Lelic has worked as a journalist and currently runs his own business. He was born in Brighton in 1976 and recently returned with his family to live there. Rupture his first novel, was a huge critical success. It was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Simon was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

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'Three possible candidates for the Granta U.K. class of 2013 are Ned Beauman, Joe Dunthorne and Simon Lelic. Lelic's three novels are breakneck, intelligent 'social thrillers' that even invade my dream-life' David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas 'Nails the reader's attention from the off. Starting with a brutal interrogation which bristles with verbal and physical violence, there is simply no putting the book down at any point. Lelic's debut Rupture also had a striking central situation (a teacher kills three pupils and a colleague in a school before killing himself). The premise here is equally incendiary, with the bonus of a sure-fire setting: the secluded prison of the title, a hothouse of menace and corruption. Apart from his storytelling skills Lelic has two potent weapons in his armoury, his dialogue which is scabrous and flint-edged and his characters ... As well as being an unputdownable thriller The Facility is a book with something to say about the price any country and its citizens must pay for security. However Lelic never lectures us and when we reach a tense confrontation on a railway platform in the last chapter readers will be checking their increased pulse rate rather than their consciences' Daily Express 'A startling vision of totalitarian Britain ... Simon Lelic's debut, Rupture, was a bold reworking of the crime novel that showcased his ability to capture different voices and offered a perceptive deconstruction of facets of institutionalised bullying. His follow-up, The Facility, is more conventional fare: a dystopian near-future tale that imagines totalitarian powers pursued to their logical, horrific conclusion ... Lelic creates a magnificent sense of place and deftly maintains the pace of his thriller plot as the security forces latch on to Tom and Julia ... It is troubled prison governor Henry, and Arthur who are most rivetingly portrayed in this exploration of how the rights of the unvalued few are violated for 'the greater good' ... Lelic's crystalline prose is frequently utterly seductive and his compassion is deeply moving' Metro 'Lelic's tale never reveals any piece of dramatic action too soon, nor eases off on the plot's tension ... like Le Carre meets Orwell ... thrilling' Guardian 'With his fragile, sympathetic characters, Lelic has the same ability to make us look at the society we're creating as John le Carre' Independent 50 Best Winter Reads 'Lelic has written a thriller for our times ... The plot grips not because of action scenes (although there are a few) but because we live in a world where feelings of mild guilt often slip into paranoia. This is Kafka meets Orwell in contemporary England' Sunday Herald 'A classic story of a race against time' Sunday Times 'A home-grown, high concept thriller ... The Facility is set in a dystopian near-future, where the British government, seemingly through popular choice, has invoked unprecedented security powers ... All in all, this is a deeply unsettling read' Book of the Week, Daily Mirror 'A heart-rate-destabilising novel about the outbreak of a sinister new disease, the authorities' reactions and a pair of would-be whistleblowers ... this is one fiendish, impressive book' David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

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Book Description Mantle, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Now Doodled Books is proud to present an exclusive rare collectible of Simon Lelics latest book The Facility. Simon is proving to be The Very First in the Next Big Thing for Book Collectors. Only last year his debut book Rupture was Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2010, Shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards 2010, Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2010, Selected for Financial Times Books of the Year 2010, Selected for New York Times notable crime books 2010 and in the Top 20 Books of 2010 for LoveReading. Each book is signed, lined, dated, doodled and numbered. Only 20 of these exist making them incredibly rare indeed. Product Description Review 'A dark thriller about our preoccupation with security' --Bookseller 'This much-hyped new author comes recommended by crime writer Donna Leon. An elegant crime thriller about a falsely imprisoned man and his estranged wife, intent on finding the truth. They collide with a journalist investigating a secret government facility hidden in the countryside. Topical and fast-paced' --Red Magazine 'A startling vision of totalitarian Britain. Lelic creates a magnificent sense of place and deftly maintains the pace of his thriller plot. Lelic's crystalline prose is frequently utterly seductive and his compassion is deeply moving' --Metro 'The basic premise of Simon Lelic's new book The Facility nails the reader's attention from the off. Apart from his storytelling skills Lelic has two potent weapons in his armoury, his dialogue which is scabrous and flint-edged and his characters. As well as being an unputdownable thriller The Facility is a book with something to say about the price any country and its citizens must pay for security. However Lelic never lectures us and when we reach a tense confrontation on a railway platform in the last chapter readers will be checking their increased pulse rate rather than their consciences' --Daily Express 'A classic story of a race against time' --The Sunday Times 'A home-grown, high concept thriller. set in a dystopian near-future, where the British government, seemingly through popular choice, has invoked unprecedented security powers. All in all, this is a deeply unsettling read' --Book of the Week, Daily Mirror 'Simon Lelic's second novel, The Facility, is timely indeed. Lelic has written a thriller for our times, whose plot is driven by a political machine that's oiled and ready in the real world. The plot grips not because of action scenes (although there are a few) but because we live in a world where feelings of mild guilt often slip into paranoia. This is Kafka meets Orwell in contemporary England, where the cynical among us already believe that the "war on terror" could cause people to be "disappeared" as easily as in South America or the former Soviet Bloc' --Herald 'Simon Lelic's second novel is grander in scale than his intimate and claustrophobic debut, Rupture, but his ability to create an atmosphere of tension and foreboding fits just as neatly into this frighteningly believable conspiracy thriller. Clever, well-paced and with a clear message, this is an ambitious and important novel with shades of George Orwell's 1984 at its core' --Liverpool Post. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000629

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