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?Rescue Man
opens on the eve of the Second World War. With uncertainty in the air as the world seems on the brink of disaster, Liverpool is a city tense in anticipation of the coming conflict. Orphaned as a child and now approaching forty with no prospect of a family of his own, Tom Baines is a man emotionally adrift. Unable to commit to anything, either personal or professional, he is left looking in at life from the outside, with only his fascination for architecture to connect him.
The outbreak of war brings a new sense of purpose and unexpected relationships. Baines joins the Rescue Men, retrieving the wounded and dying from bombed buildings. Yet in wartime, ordinary rules are suspended, risks taken and Baines finds himself caught up in a love affair that is as heady and all-consuming as it is transgressive.
With writing that is both immediate and deeply steeped in its time, Anthony Quinn recreates wartime Liverpool with emotional intensity in this powerful story of love found and lost.Author Profile
Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. Since moving to London in 1986 he has written about film and books for a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Independent, Daily Telegraph, New York Times
and Mail on Sunday
. For three years he was the arts editor at Harpers & Queens
. Since 1998 he has been film critic of The Independent
. In 2006 he was one of the judges of the Man Booker Prize. He is currently wine correspondent for Esquire magazine
Thoughtful, beautifully observed and utterly compelling,A fascinating novel - very moving and beautifully nuanced and observed - it beguiles with a tremendous slow-burning power,A real page-tuner,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,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,An absorbing tribute to the city and its unsung heroes.,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,The narrative is elegantly constructed. The novel was deservedly shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize for new fiction.