Patrick Flanery

Patrick Flanery was born in California in 1975 and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning a BFA in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts he worked for three years in the film industry before moving to the UK, where he completed a doctorate in Twentieth-Century English Literature at the University of Oxford. As well as publishing scholarly articles on British and South African literature and film in a number of academic journals, he has written for Slightly Foxed and The Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London.



Absolution is a bold calling card from a major new writer

Independent on Sunday, 'Books of the Year'

Patrick Flanery is an exceptionally gifted novelist, and he is just getting started Philip Gourevitch
New Yorker

Flanery's portrayal of South Africa is explosively powerful... An exceptionally intelligent, multi-layered novel encompassing politics, history, a gripping storyline and complex characters. It has absorbing depictions of grief, guilt, parenthood and sibling rivalry, and is beautifully written... Absolution is an exceptional book.

A taut literary thriller set in South Africa... A very clever, beautifully written book where the reader is constantly adjusting to nothing being as it seems.
Daily Mail

Compelling... At times, Flanery's prose evokes Graham Greene... A literary thriller whose writing is consistently first class.

Gripping... The prose surges with enjoyable debate about the slipperiness of truth, the nature of forgiveness... Impressive
Sunday Telegraph

A passionate, gripping, brilliantly voiced and scintillatingly intelligent novel about that cancer afflicting modern democratic states - the surveillance of its own people. Were we ever told that democracy would entail this? I Am No One will get under your skin, leave you jittery and unsettled, and have you looking over your shoulder.Neel Mukherjee, author of THE LIVES OF OTHERS, shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Costa Novel Awards 2014 and won the Encore Award 2015

Flanery is a master of puzzling, alarming and even terrifying storytelling.A.S Byatt

[Flanery is] gloriously talented
The Guardian - fiction highlights for 2016

[A] superbly entertaining novel... a brilliant work of suspense... Its relevance today is without question, and its du jour subject matter is persuasively treated.

A hotly contemporary novel by a critically acclaimed American novelist about creeping paranoia in an age of mass surveillance.
The Independent: 'Best of 2016'

A masterful plot, a terrifying subject, and a gripping read.
Independent on Sunday

Patrick Flanery pulls off a rarity in the age of compartmentalized fiction: a novel of Pynchonesque paranoid ideas, wrapped in psychologically acute Jamesian prose, delivered by a gripping story worthy of Graham Greene. I Am No One is itself profoundly observant about the post-Snowden culture of surveillance, and the insights of this unsettling novel are ignored at our own peril.Teddy Wayne

This is such a superb, addictive, startling read that it seeps into your psyche. Read I Am No One and look around you with trepidation at our post-Edward Snowden world.
The Herald

Disquieting... compellingLucy Daniel
Daily Telegraph

[Flanery is] the author of [three] thoughtful, meticulously written and slow burning thrillersGerard Woodward

I Am No One is a tremendous work of fiction. Its long, elegant sentences and intellectual inquisitiveness are reminiscent at times of Philip Roth, at others of European masters like Alberto Moravia... a brilliant novel that works equally as espionage thriller, cautionary warning, socio-political j'accuse and-most rewardingly for me-existential meditationDarragh McManus
Independent (Ireland)

One of the pleasures of reading Flanery is the tussle between ways of understanding the shapes of stories and language... he writes realist novels which show their awareness that realism is a self-conscious form like others.

Superb... a brilliant novel that works equally as spy thriller, social commentary; and an existential meditation.
Belfast Telegraph

A smart, chilling novel

A gripping thriller and a superb portrayal of how ordinary men can veer into madness, but its real power lies in its recognition of the tragic failure of an American dreamJohn Burnside

Thrillingly tense and atmospheric... Comparisons to Nathaniel Hawthorne would not be extravagant
Financial Times

Gripping... As the tension builds to the denouement, the reader wonders whether hope and justice will triumph over a power devoid of ethics. A fine book
Independent on Sunday

Gripping... Fallen Land impressively examines how thoroughly the American dream has turned into the American nightmare
Sunday Times