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  • Published: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787330825
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $35.00

Dream Sequence

The powerful new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author

Henry Banks, a brilliant but narcissistic young actor, is prepared to go to any length for a role, to capitalise on his successes in television drama by securing the lead in the latest film by a celebrated Spanish director. He is on the brink of the next step – very close to achieving intellectual credibility and some serious celebrity.

However, Henry has – unwittingly – become an important part of the life of recently-divorced Kristin: someone who is also on the brink. Sitting in her beautiful, empty Philadelphia home, Kristin is obsessed with the handsome English actor and convinced they are destined to be together. She resolves to fly to London and bring their relationship to fruition.

Dream Sequence explores what it is to live at our current moment, with its porous borders between the inner and the outer life, and is a stunning, terrifying drama about psychological damage, stalking, and the perils of celebrity.

  • Pub date: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787330825
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $35.00

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

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

Economist, 1843

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

Thea Lenarduzzi, Vogue

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

Evening Standard

“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.”


“[A] lucid, richly detailed and tense novel.”

Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times

“This mordantly clever story about fame, fantasy and narcissism… is deliciously funny… Foulds is a very fine writer.”

Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer

“Foulds is an expert manipulator of our expectations…he gives us what feels like a genuine peek into what it’s like to be a famous actor… fascinating and fun… the menace isn’t really felt until the very end, which leaves us to enjoy the dark glimmer of the high life first… the 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

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

Jemma Crow, UK Press Syndication

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

Daily Mail

“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

“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

“[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

“[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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