A Single Source
By Peter Hanington
Veteran reporter William Carver returns in this brilliant thriller set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, from the author of the highly-acclaimed A Dying Breed
'Topical, authoritative and gripping' Charles Cumming 'Tight, pacey and strong on atmosphere' Michael Palin 'Completely unputdownable - gripping' Seb Emina 'Compelling' Mishal Husain 'Draws you in from the first line and keeps you guessing until, literally, the very last' Allan Little 'Thrilling' Dame Ann Leslie 'The real deal' Kirsty Wark 'Gut-wrenching' Edward Stourton
Veteran BBC reporter William Carver is in Cairo - bang in the middle of the Arab Spring. 'The only story in the world' according to his editor. But it isn't - there's another story, more significant and potentially more dangerous, and if no one else is willing to tell it ... then Carver will, whatever the consequences.
A Single Source tells two stories, which over a few tumultuous months come together to prove inextricably linked. There are the dramatic, world-changing events across North Africa and the Middle East, as protests led by a new generation of tech-savvy youngsters challenge the established order. Then there are two Eritrean brothers, desperate to make their way up from the Horn of Africa across the continent to a better life in Europe. The horrors they endure at the hands of people traffickers and others along the way test their endurance and humanity to its limit.
William Carver spots the Arab Spring early, aided by one of the infamous 'Listeners' at the BBC monitoring station in Caversham. He and his producer, Patrick, chase the story across North Africa before arriving in Egypt where the battle between the corrupt old order and the new will be both bloody and potentially definitive.
The world is watching, but its attention span is increasingly short. Carver knows the story is a complex one and, in the age of Facebook, Twitter and rolling news, difficult stories are getting harder to tell. If everyone is a reporter, then who do you believe?
*Praise for Peter Hanington's A Dying Breed, which first featured William Carver*
'Wholly compelling and shrewdly wise' William Boyd 'A belting good read' A.L. Kennedy
'I look forward to more of Hanington's work with great expectations' Melvyn Bragg
'Enthralling' Michael Palin 'Thoughtful, atmospheric and grippingly plotted' Guardian
'Hanington has true talent' The Times
Peter Hanington is the author of A Dying Breed. He has worked as a journalist for over twenty-five years, including fourteen years at the Today Programme and more recently The World Tonight and Newshour on the BBC World Service. He lives in London with his wife and has two grown-up children.
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02 May 2019
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Topical, authoritative and gripping — Charles Cumming
Tight, pacey and strong on atmosphere — Michael Palin
Completely unputdownable - gripping — Seb Emina
A compelling story set against some of the global forces shaping our times — Mishal Husain, BBC Today presenter
Peter Hanington has a gift for fast-paced narrative, atmospheric location and authentic, often hilarious dialogue . . . people trafficking, gun smuggling, murder and betrayal are all conjured in a shifting interplay that draws you in from the first line and keeps you guessing until, literally, the very last. — Allan Little, former BBC special correspondent
If you love le Carré, were gripped by Homeland and couldn't get your nose out of A Dying Breed, Hanington's first novel about war reporters, here's another thrilling read for you . . .The anti-hero in both novels is hard-bitten hack William Carver - a classic Lunchtime O'Booze figure - who is, miraculously, still alive. Carver fans will look forward to meeting the old curmudgeon again in Hanington's next cracking tale. — Dame Ann Leslie
It's such a pleasure to read a novel by a writer who is the real deal. Peter Hanington is entirely in command of this thrilling story and tells it with great verve. — Kirsty Wark, author of THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE
One of the most assured pieces of writing I have read for a very long time. Peter Hanington's characters come completely alive, and you feel he knows them intimately. The sense of setting out on a journey in safe hands makes it all the more shocking when the plot takes its gut-wrenching twists. A foreign correspondent's life is, like a soldier's, made up of long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror; my advice to Peter's BBC colleagues is 'pack this in your grab bag, and the dull hours will fly by'. It's very good indeed. — Edward Stourton