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From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country?

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country?

After spending a night with an attractive stranger, Gina Davies becomes a prime suspect in an attempted terrorist attack. When police find three unexploded bombs at a stadium, Gina goes on the run and witnesses every truth of her life turned into a betrayal.

A devastating picture of a world where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror alerts, news breaks, and fear of the unknown push one woman ever closer to breaking point, The Unknown Terrorist is a novel that with each passing year seems more relevant and more prophetic.

Reviews

‘Nothing short of brilliance. Read this novel now, before it’s too late for any of us to understand its message’

Scotland on Sunday

‘... a tightly rivted, almost classic thriller ... This is a damn good story delivered with the glittering prose that only the rage of just moral anger can achieve’

The Times

‘...should be required reading - with eyelids pinned open, if necessary, and forced to look ... Flangan’s tightly crafted narrative is akin to the oppressive power of Kafka’s Trial or Capote’s In Cold Blood, stark realism revealing underlying sickness. His prose glitters and shrieks with spare vitality’

Washington Post

‘A terrific novel, maintained at fever heat but never straying beyond the bounds of possible or even the likely’

Guardian

‘The fast-paced narrative builds to a fittingly bloody crescendo, and Flanagan drops astutely cynical observations along the way... A true page-turner as well as a timely, pithy critique of celebrity culture and the politics of fear-mongering’

Publishers Weekly

‘Once in a while a thriller of genuine importance comes along, fired by passionate concern’

Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781742755113

    February 1, 2012

    Vintage Australia

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780143790761

    March 19, 2018

    Penguin

    RRP $19.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742756134

    December 1, 2011

    Random House Australia

    336 pages

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The Australian Disease: On the Decline of Love and the Rise of Non-Freedom: Short Black 1
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Out of a Wild Sea
Out of a Wild Sea (Storycuts)
The Sound Of One Hand Clapping
Gould's Book Of Fish
Death Of A River Guide
And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?
Wanting

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The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Midnight's Children
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Breath
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Sanctuary
On Chesil Beach
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home