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Man on Fire
Author: Stephen Kelman

ISBN: 9781408818251
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1 August 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2
An unforgettable story of faith, forgiveness and second chances, Man on Fire is a powerful and touching novel from the Booker and Guardian-shortlisted author of Pigeon English

I was beating the life out of Bibhuti with a baseball bat when my first monsoon broke.

John Lock has come to India to meet his destiny: a destiny dressed in a white karate suit and sporting an extravagant moustache. He has fled the quiet desperation of his life in England: decades spent in a meaningless job, a marriage foundering in the wake of loss, and a terrible secret he can not bear to share with his wife.

He has come to offer his help to a man who has learned to conquer pain, a man whose extreme record-breaking achievements include 43 kicks to the unprotected groin in one minute and a half and 31 Water Melons Dropped onto the Stomach in One Minute from a Height of Ten Metres, and who wants John to break 50 baseball bats on his body in less than sixty seconds. In answering Bibhuti Nayak's call for assistance, John hopes to rewrite a brave end to a life poorly lived.

But destiny can have a funny way...

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