The Reader has sold over 350,000 copies to date in the UK; Flights of Love has sold over 75,000 paperbacks so far The main character - Gerhard Self - has the appeal of eccentric detectives such as Hercule Poirot Very strong new series design for paperback 'Gerhard Self is a find. He is likeable, eccentric and on the lookout for women, although romantically he cuts his coat according to his cloth' Spectator 'As in The Reader, the Nazi years cast their shadow but the darkness of the plot is offset by Self's entertaining character, with an appetite for women, cocktails and Sweet Afton cigarettes' Daily Mail 'Self is a likeable man with some genuine eccentricities. Every year, he decorates his Christmas tree with different objects - this year it is sardine cans - and he has truly awful chat-up lines. When he sees a woman reading an article about sterilisation in a magazine, he first asks if she comes here often and then leaps straight in: "Are you sterilised?" The novel is weighty and well-built, like an old Mercedes, and it comes with a three-year guarantee for parts and labour' Daily Telegraph
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge, he is the author of the major international best-selling novel The Reader as well as several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin. Walter Popp was born in Nuremberg in 1948. He studied law at the University of Erlangen and spent postgraduate and research time in both Cambridge, England and the USA, where he worked alongside Bernhard Schlink. In 1978, he started a law practice in Mannheim before moving to France in 1983. He now lives in a Provencal village with his teenage daughter and works as a translator.
"This compelling tale - the first of three , written with Walter Popp, a fellow lawyer - offers a sharp critique of German postwar society, and its refusal to confront its war time past. The seriousness of this underlying message does not detract from the novel's more entertaining qualities however." -- CHRISTINA KONING THE TIMES "compelling" DAILY TELEGRAPH "A deserved reprint for a gutsy German detective thriller... This is an atmospheric, tautly plotted narrative with a satisfyingly complex protagonist, elevating an ostensibly pedestrian mystery." THE HERALD "with a cover that is finest film noir... Like all the best fictional detectives he has plenty of curious quirks... Meets the Sam Spade Grade 3/5" -- Lorne Jackson BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY MERCURY