The Dreamer


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Shashi: an actor, wealthy, famous, and letting go … of his career, his marriage, his mind, and now himself. Lisha: creator of Stoneman, her own private fantasy world within a comic book. Fragile and alone, except for her mother. In 1986, in Stonewall, Lancashire, Lisha doesn’t know she’s about to die. She doesn’t know that in the darkness outside, three boys are circling her house with minds full of hate. And she doesn’t know that, seventeen years into the future, a drunken actor lies unconscious in a London bedsit, fighting to save her life. A mind-bending portrait of post-traumatic breakdown, and a timely critique of our celebrity and success-based culture, The Dreamer is most of all a love story that unites Shashi and Lisha not only across time and space, but across death itself

About the Author

Rajeev Balasubramanyam was born in Lancashire in 1974. He is a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge universities, and has a Ph.D in contemporary British literature. He currently lives in Hong Kong. Rajeev’s first novel, In Beautiful Disguises, was the winner of a Betty Trask Prize in 1999 and was longlisted for the Guardian First Fiction Prize 2000.