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A Single Source

By: Peter Hanington
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Publisher's Summary

A gripping political thriller set in the heart of the Arab Spring, from the author of A Dying Breed.

Veteran BBC reporter William Carver is in Cairo - bang in the middle of the Arab Spring.  

'The only story in the world' according to his editor. But it isn't - there's another story, more significant and potentially more dangerous, and if no one else is willing to tell it...then Carver will, whatever the consequences.  

A Single Source tells two stories, which over a few tumultuous months come together to prove inextricably linked. There are the dramatic, world-changing events across North Africa and the Middle East, as protests led by a new generation of tech-savvy youngsters challenge the established order. Then there are two Eritrean brothers, desperate to make their way up from the Horn of Africa across the continent to a better life in Europe. The horrors they endure at the hands of people traffickers and others along the way test their endurance and humanity to its limit.  

William Carver spots the Arab Spring early, aided by one of the infamous 'Listeners' at the BBC monitoring station in Caversham. He and his producer, Patrick, chase the story across North Africa before arriving in Egypt where the battle between the corrupt old order and the new will be both bloody and potentially definitive.  

The world is watching, but its attention span is increasingly short. Carver knows the story is a complex one and, in the age of Facebook, Twitter and rolling news, difficult stories are getting harder to tell. If everyone is a reporter, then whom do you believe?   

©2019 Peter Hanington (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"Topical, authoritative and gripping." (Charles Cumming)

"Tight, pacy and strong on atmosphere." (Michael Palin)  

"Completely unputdownable - gripping." (Seb Emina) 

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Bits missing

It seems like the editor has chop bits out all over the place. Also I think there must be a part two coming. Other wise it was very good.

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  • Bethy
  • 05-13-19

Simply outstanding.

Great plot, strong & believable characters. Very well narated, capturing the characters amd tension of the plot. Would thoroughly recommend.

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  • Dr M Goldberg
  • 07-10-20

Utterly brilliant

After hearing the previous book in this series, I knew this would be great but it is even better. The story digs into the cynical and shameful activities of the British arms industry and how it persists in interfering and undermining the sovereignty of other countries for the sake of obscene profits and political expediency. Two apparently completely independent stories are woven together, providing gripping accounts of how brutal régimes try to hold power and the desperate misery of those escaping from the Horn of Africa in search of a better life. A wonderful book.

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  • Liz Randall
  • 07-07-19

excellent

good story once again superbly narrated by JK. He makes the characters seem so real with his different voices.

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  • Ferg
  • 10-03-22

Great series

Loving this series. Great characters and plot. Narration is spot on. Mick Herron meets Le Carrie

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  • Diana Brighouse
  • 08-28-22

Should be on school current affairs curriculum

Possibly not outstanding modern literature, but a compelling story encompassing the arms trade, investigative journalism, and people trafficking. I would recommend it particularly to right wing politicians as they might find it educational.

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  • H
  • 08-02-22

Outstanding in every way

Brilliant narrator and terrific story - a great new writer and hopefully he will give us more!

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  • Franniep
  • 03-09-22

A bit puzzling

This is such a good listen. I marginally preferred A Dying Breed, which is brilliant, but this is definitely in the same mould. My only reservation was the way the the story ended so very abruptly - I wondered whether I had inadvertently skipped a chapter or two and had to re-listen to the last 3 chapters. It was as though Peter Hanington had run out of juice on the final lap. It's puzzling given the overall quality of the writing and I still look forward to downloading the next William Carver book.
The narration was very slightly flawed by rather dubious Scottish and Northern Irish accents but otherwise was great.

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  • kay appleton
  • 01-21-22

Great read Excellent narration good inflections

I've read two of this authors books can't wait to start the last in thr trilogy of the main character William Carver. Jonathan Keeble is an excellent reader he distinguishes between all characters so well even male and female

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  • arthur bland
  • 09-02-21

Good story about real events.

Genius JK could tell any story and this old one about the Arab spring is delivered with pace and intrigue. I like Carver and his side characters and this ticks all the boxes. Worth a listen.

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  • 06-11-21

Very Good but not quite a 5

Good topicality and decent characters, also interesting on some of the "ways of life" of foreign correspondents, but let down slightly by predictability and (to me) a slightly plodding cynical but really a modern liberal worthiness