Author(s): Rupert Thomson
It is a Thursday evening. After work Martin Blom drives to the supermarket to buy some groceries. As he walks back to his car a shot rings out...
When he wakes up he is blind. His neurosurgeon, Bruno Visser, tells him that his loss of sight is permanent and that he must experience shock, depression, self pity, even suicidal thoughts before his rehabilitation is complete. But it doesn't work out quite like that. And one spring evening, while Martin is practising in the clinic gardens with his new cane, something miraculous happens.
'When someone writes as well as Thomson does, it makes you wonder why other people bother ... some of it is pure poetry' New Statesman
The Insult is one of those rare, perfect, all-consuming books where your life takes on a new colour and texture for the days you are in its thrall Mail on Sunday An astonishing exploration into the blurred hinterland where fiction meets fantasy ... Both crisply precise and extravagantly daring ... The Insult is a remarkable achievement Sunday Telegraph A stunning premise, brilliantly unravelled ... It confirms Thomson in the front rank of English authors Observer The Insult met every requirement I felt I could possibly have of a novel ... Breathtakingly clever The Times
RUPERT THOMSON is the author of eight highly acclaimed novels, of which Air and Fire and The Insult were shortlisted for the Writer's Guild Fiction Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize respectively. His most recent novel, Death of a Murderer, was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Novel Award. His memoir This Party's Got to Stop was published in 2009.