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A Single Source

On sale

2nd May 2019

Price: £9.99

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781473625471

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‘Tight, pacy and strong on atmosphere’ MICHAEL PALIN
‘Completely unputdownable’ SEB EMINA
‘Hugely accomplished’ IRISH INDEPENDENT

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 as protests spread across North Africa and the Middle East, led by a new generation of tech-savvy youngsters challenging the corrupt old order. And then there are two Eritrean brothers, desperate enough to risk everything to make their way across the continent to a better life in Europe.

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?

‘Draws you in from the first line and keeps you guessing until, literally, the very last’ ALLAN LITTLE
‘The real deal’ KIRSTY WARK
‘Compulsive and terrifying in equal measure’ KATE HAMER
‘Gut-wrenching’ EDWARD STOURTON
‘A fast-moving tale of shifting loyalties and betrayal’ CRIME REVIEW
‘Written with skill and humanity’ SHOTS MAG


Seb Emina
Completely unputdownable - gripping
Michael Palin
Tight, pacy and strong on atmosphere
Mishal Husain, BBC Today presenter
A compelling story set against some of the global forces shaping our times
Allan Little, former BBC special correspondent
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.
Dame Ann Leslie
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.
Charles Cumming
Topical, authoritative and gripping
Edward Stourton
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.
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.
Fi Glover, the Fortunately podcast
Hanington has a knack for telling the stories of the lives behind the news headlines in a way that invites you, the reader, to care about his characters. It is an invitation I am happy to accept. It is one of his many talents as a writer.
Roy Greenslade
An enthralling read that answers the question everyone asks of journalists: how do you get your stories?
Crime Pieces
Passion and politics . . . extremely well-written and an excellent read
Mike Ripley, author of the Angel series
A Single Source is a considered, almost deceptively suspenseful thriller with a host of well-drawn characters . . . written by a journalist whom you feel has been there and done that - or at least some of it - with skill and humanity. Ingenious and, dare I say it, rather Ambler-esque.
Shots Mag
A Single Source is a considered, almost deceptively suspenseful thriller with a host of well-drawn characters, including hard-bitten foreign correspondents, young idealistic Egyptian girls, creepy public relations men, a grotesque (and totally credible) arms-dealer and a wonderfully slimy Cairo hotelier. It is written by a journalist whom you feel has been there and done that - or at least some of it - with skill and humanity, and no unnecessary pyrotechnics.
Kate Hamer, author of THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT
A fascinating, atmospheric read. Peter Hanington weaves a page-turning tale that is both compulsive and terrifying in equal measure. Will keep you up till the early hours.
Morning Star
A highly readable conspiracy theory
NB Books
An intelligent spellbinding thriller
Irish Independent
This hugely accomplished political thriller, brilliantly plotted . . . is written with all the dash and verve shown in Hanington's stunning debut
Convincingly told
Crime Review
It's topical, authoritative and gripping, tight-paced and strong on atmosphere, full of vivid characters and so clearly mined from Hanington's own experiences as to make it feel totally authentic. The initiated may pose nods to le Carré, Greene and Ambler, but this impressive and atmospheric story, punctuated with interludes of hilarious dialogue, does entirely its own thing - and is far the stronger for it . . . There have been many books about journalism in war or near war zones. But this tale of investigative reporting, shady deals, intelligence men and conflicted diplomats is another absolutely outstanding addition from an author who spins an almost Kipling-esque story with insight, humanity, humour and, at times, near fury.
Women's Weekly (Australia)
A fine read
Country and Town House
Convincingly atmospheric