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  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784708511
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99

Dream Sequence




A novel about the brutality of fame and what happens when fandom turns to obsession from the Booker-shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze

A novel about the brutality of fame and what happens when fandom turns to obsession, from the Booker-shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze
Henry Banks, a brilliant, anxiously ambitious young actor prepared to go to any length for a role, is finally on the brink of achieving serious celebrity.

However, Henry has - unwittingly - become an important part of the life of recently-divorced Kristin. Sitting in her beautiful, empty Philadelphia home, Kristin's obsession with Henry grows and she becomes convinced they are destined to be together. Flying to London she resolves to bring their relationship to fruition no matter what the cost.

'This mordantly clever story about fame, fantasy and narcissism is deliciously funny. Foulds is a very fine writer' Observer

  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784708511
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Adam Foulds

Adam Foulds's most recent books are In the Wolf’s Mouth, The Quickening Maze, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Award and the European Union Prize for Literature, and The Broken Word, which won the Costa Poetry Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. He has recently been awarded the E.M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and named as one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’.

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Praise for Dream Sequence

Pitch-perfect sentence by pitch-perfect sentence, Foulds weaves a quiet but harrowing tale of obsession that takes the reader into the characters’ tragic downward spiral – Dream Sequence is as good a novel as I have read in a while.

Lawrence Osborne, author of Beautiful Animals

Incisively well-written and alluringly readable… This prose is truly poetic, being concise, not impasto… This novel moves like a thrillerA terrific book about the realities and delusion of fame distorting the way we live now: not to be missed.

Evening Standard

Adam Foulds is the real deal… it’s the details of the writing itself – the precision of the word selection combined with the precision of the observation – that make for such enjoyable reading.

Edward Docx, Guardian

This mordantly clever story about fame, fantasy and narcissism… is deliciously funnyFoulds is a very fine writer.

Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer

An exquisitely concocted, riveting account of artistic ambition and unrequited love… Foulds is proving himself to be a very versatile writer of intelligence and charm.

Spectator

Everyone loves a good page-turner full of aspirational scene-setting, but few literary novelists dare to try it… [Dream Sequence] is a sexy, celeby drama… just like The Great Gatsby, this novel billows around you like a queasy dream, its grand scenery and awful characters combining to take us out of the real world and into another, oddly shimmering version of it.

Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

A nuanced, original and sharply observed study of fame and power… [a] spare and beautifully written novel.

Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

Foulds's observations are spot-on and his prose is delicious sharp.

Economist, 1843

Funny, dramatic and poignant. The final five pages of the novel resolve in a masterly poetic unification of suspense and feeling. Adam Foulds… has won many literary awards and this new work deserves to win another.

Lindsay Duguid, Tablet

Absorbing and beautifully written, Foulds’ novel is particularly illuminating on the actor’s craft and the nature of fame.

Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday

[A] lucid, richly detailed and tense novel.

Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times

[Adam Foulds's] signature psychological sensitivity and attention to detail... shine through [in Dream Sequence].

Thea Lenarduzzi, Vogue, **Books to Look Out for in 2019**

[Foulds] is an astute observer of behaviour and speech… acutely tuned in to his characters’ physical experience… many sentences in this book have wings.

Alice O'Keeffe, New Statesman

Foulds… does not disappoint with this psychological exploration that tests the limits of control.

Jemma Crow, UK Press Syndication

[A] live-wire exploration of sex and power.

Anthony Cummins, Metro

Foulds’s style is the instrument of a virtuoso, at once rich, resonant and startlingly precise… in sentence after perfect sentence, [he] has created something altogether more strange: an acid, amoral tale of hunger and haunting.

Matt Rowland Hill, Literary Review

Dream Sequence notices everything… intimate and visceral, scratching at the glossy surface of the lives of the characters and underpinning the “vacuum” they move through, together but apart.

Sheena Joughin, Times Literary Supplement

Foulds' prose is both evocative and scrupulous… It's a novel wired with anticipation of the central characters' eventual meeting, and it doesn't disappoint.

Peter J. Smith, Times Higher Education

With shades of JG Ballard, Foulds teases violent subtexts from the blandest urban environments. His polished prose fits the two empty lives perfectly… [a] chilling tale.

Chris Moss, Prospect

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