Sell Us the Rope

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5.0 X 7.7 X 0.8 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author
Stephen May is the author of five novels including Life! Death! Prizes! which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and The Guardian Not The Booker Prize. He has also been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year and is a winner of the Media Wales Reader's Prize. He has also written plays, as well as for television and film. He lives in West Yorkshire.

"One of the great attractions of historical fiction is its ability to approach the past from unexpected angles, allowing us to consider famous figures in surprising ways. It's a tactic that pays off brilliantly in Stephen May's elegantly acerbic SELL US THE ROPE" - The New York Times

"[A] vivid historical rendering . . . A lively drama of enthusiasm, utopianism, ruthlessness and backstabbing results." --Wall Street Journal

"Stellar ... With a spare, sardonic style, May probes Stalin's childhood trauma, sense of charisma, and brutally violent side, humanizing him without sentimentalizing ... This is superb." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A riveting portrayal of a young Stalin in London." --Financial Times

"An oft-sober, occasionally droll portrait of a monster-in-the-making. Impressively, [May] finds a flicker of humanity in a person who became a mass-murdering despot." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"May provides a complex profile of [Stalin] as a young man ... Evocative and thought-provoking." --Historical Novel Society

"The novel exposes the stark contradictions of communism at every turn ... A subtly menacing portrayal of the future tyrant and mass killer." --Kirkus Reviews

"This inventive literary work ... daringly tak[es] a darkly comedic approach." --Booklist

"Gripping ... [May] combines characters--Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Rosa Luxemburg--who loom so large in history that they are difficult to think of as people at all with others whose stories and voices have been lost. And he crafts a drama both personal and political, a page-turning tale of idealism and intrigue and a cautionary tale of youthful zealotry." - Shelf Awareness

"Historical facts furnish May with a cast of legends to bring to life, and he does it with verve and humour." --The Times

"A captivating thought-experiment that marks a consolidation of May's powers as a writer." --The Telegraph

"A fascinating and immersive imagining of real events that both challenges and illuminates history." --Benjamin Myers