<Embed>
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.


The Ruins Paperback – 11 February 2020

3.8 out of 5 stars 198 ratings

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle
Paperback
$32.90

Get 90 days FREE of Amazon Music Unlimited
with the purchase of any eligible product. Shop now

Special offers and product promotions

  • Buy this item and get 90 days Free Amazon Music Unlimited. After purchase you will receive an email with further information. Offer valid for a limited time only. Terms and Conditions apply.” Learn more here.

Save on selected Bestselling Children's books.
Includes Bluey, Peter Rabbit, Spot, Peppa Pig, Roald Dahl and more. Click to explore.

Product details

  • Publisher : ROH; New edition (11 February 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 1 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1912248670
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1912248674
  • Dimensions : 13.08 x 2.92 x 19.66 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 198 ratings

Product description

Review

There's a touch of Pynchon in this complex, woozily dream-like novel about music, mystery and imagined worlds...
-- Ian Rankin

The Ruins reads like Raymond Chandler remixed by James Lasdun: barbed aperçus and killer images flare across each page, even as unsettling elements moil below, in pursuit of more sinister ambitions. Every great noir tale is at some level a fantasia on the slipperiness of identity; Osman has written a great noir tale.
-- Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief

The Ruins is an intriguing and beautifully-written tale of two brothers, filled with music and danger. But at its heart this is a novel about being restless and lonely; about how the inability to create something transient leads to a silent despair and the desire to be someone else.
-- Mariana Enriquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire

Oozes quiet sedition.
-- Sukhdev Sandhu, author of Night Haunts

"The Ruins is such a brilliant and idiosyncratic thing. It's hectic, soulful, elegant, and wickedly clever. It somehow approximates the immersive experience of listening to a life-changing album, and it also has some of the best line-by-line prose I've read in a really long time."
-- Anna Smaill, The Chimes

The debut from Suede founding member and bassist Mat Osman is an altered state of a novel, mixing the crime of LA noir, the ambient cityscapes of JG Ballard and dark language games of Thomas Pynchon, all imbued with a sensitivity to the magical - and powerful - properties of making and listening to music. -- George Chesterton, GQ

Fantastic debut novel. Magical, surreal, disturbing. Reminded me in places of early Iain Banks and DBC Pierre" -- John Niven

"Redolent of The Talented Mr Ripley, Performance and Theodore Roszak's Flicker, spanning London, LA and Las Vegas, The Ruins by Suede guitarist Mat Osman contains multitudes; it has all the makings of a cult classic." - Irish Times

Book Description

When Adam Kussgarten's twin brother is found gunned down just yards from his flat, Adam is drawn out of his solitary, dream-like life into a neon-lit world of forgery, deceit and violence.

Customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8 out of 5
198 global ratings
How are ratings calculated?

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Top reviews from Australia

There are 0 reviews and 2 ratings from Australia

Top reviews from other countries

roz morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive, beautiful and odd
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2020
Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Markus Hillius
2.0 out of 5 stars All surface, no feeling
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2020
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Tara
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, to me.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2021
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Future legend
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than his brothers book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2020
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse
A M John
3.0 out of 5 stars What a great plot
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 November 2020
Verified Purchase