The Indispensable Julian Rathbone

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At last! The definitive collection of writing from one of Britain’s most successful, accomplished and controversial literary figures, chosen and annotated by the author himself.

‘The Indispensable…’ contains rare essays, shorts stories, reviews plus the complete novel, ‘Lying In State’.
Julian Rathbone has published over thirty novels in sixteen different languages, been shortlisted (twice) for the Booker, won a Crime Writers’ Association dagger and his thrillers have won prestigious prizes in Germany and Denmark.

Reviewers have compared him – to his advantage – with Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, John Updike, Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, John le Carré and William Burroughs. On top of that he’s an accomplished reviewer and essayist who has written successfully filmed screenplays.

Introduction by Mike Phillips.

PRAISE for Julian Rathbone

‘Julian Rathbone’s characters live; he writes with elegance, with wit and with conviction’ Books & Bookmen

‘One of the best storytellers around’ Daily Telegraph

‘Julian Rathbone has a dryly engaging style. He is an excellent mimc, and can etch a character in a few lines of dialogue’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Intelligent, sophisticated and brilliantly cynical’ Publishers Weekly


is the author of over 30 books, including the bestselling The Last English King, Kings of Albion and the Booker-shortlisted Joseph. He has won awards for his writing from all over the world, but lives and writes in Hampshire.

Read extracts from The Indispensable Julian Rathbone

Read a transcript of Julian Rathbone interviewed by Mark Lawson on BBC Radio 4‘s Front Row