1300 36 33 32

After the scandalous theft of of GBP27,000 from a local pub, a homeless drifter pursues his eccentric uncle, 'The Man Who Walks', up into the Highlands to recover the money. The nephew's frantic, stalled progress and other bizarre diversions form this wickedly hilarious novel. But who is The Man Who Walks? Is he simply a water-carrying madman with one glass eye and a fondness for whisky and pony nuts, and who has a physiological inability to handle slopes? Or is he a savant, touched by the hand of God, wandering the back roads along ancient, ancestral tracks? And as the sinister, unstable nephew gains on The Man Who Walks, can it be that it will all end in a field and that this field is Culloden Moor?

Buy Man Who Walks book by Alan Warner from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780099285465
ISBN-10: 0099285460
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » A belligerent drifter steals a hefty World Cup kitty from a local pub and heads for the hills. With little by way of fanfare, his nephew sets off to track him down, and finds himself plunging through an often surreal world that fast morphs into his worst nightmare. Whether naming pets after individual members of the Stone Roses, or getting inside the Nephew's desire to have his beloved books alphabetically arranged in a home of his own, Warner's latest novel is funny yet grim, and always compelling. The road leads the Nephew - the perennial outsider - to encounters with perverted lorry drivers, the decaying remnants of the aristocracy, and a frustrating moonlit tryst with an old flame. His reaction to these encounters results in a trail of carnage that follows him as he continues north, seemingly always just a little behind his eccentric one-eyed uncle. An increasingly bizarre Scotland reveals itself as the enigmatic Man who Walks is tracked by his ever-frustrated relative. As the Nephew ruminates on his fear of water and a childhood full of cruel reminders of the difference between his people and the 'Settled Community', his complexities combine to create a brilliantly developed character. It's impossible not to be drawn in by the man, riven as he is by contradictions, and it's equally impossible to shake the feeling that all is not well at the heart of this dark tale, even if the Nephew himself is always on the lookout for better days ahead. Here, Alan Warner follows earlier works such as Morvern Callar with another perfectly phrased novel, and his ability to combine the roughest of Scottish colloquialisms with touching, beautiful prose is often breathtaking. There are times when his ability to do what he chooses with the English language is as stunning as it is audacious. (Kirkus UK)

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Man Who Walks book by Alan Warner and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Alan Warner

Alan Warner is the author of six previous novels: Morvern Callar, These Demented Lands, The Sopranos, The Worms Can Carry Me To Heaven, The Stars in the Bright Sky, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, and The Deadman's Pedal. He is Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University.

Books By Author Alan Warner

Morvern Callar by Alan Warner

Morvern Callar

Paperback, August 2015
Their Lips Talk of Mischief by Alan Warner

Their Lips Talk of Mischief

Paperback, July 2015
Can's Tago Mago by Alan Warner

Can's Tago Mago

Paperback, February 2015
After the Dance by Alan Warner

After the Dance

Paperback, October 2013