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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (18 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330440705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330440707
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,854,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of Electricity, Cut, The Man Without, Forgetting Zoe, Jawbone Lake. Screenwriter of Edith, co-writer of Dream Town. Mentor. Editor. Collaborator.

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'...pitches the reader straight into the thick of it, getting to the source of the damage in vivid, unforgettable fragments.'
-- The Times

'Robinson confronts us with lives blighted by tortured childhoods, but never drifts into the pornography of suffering.' -- Guardian

'Robinson's second novel explores the dark sexual fantasies of Anthony Dobson, a patient at a mental health centre.'
-- Gay Times

'The Man Without takes you into the mind of a young transvestite...feels completely truthful, utterly genuine.' -- Me and My Big Mouth

'a sweetly sentimental story of a lonely man's search for love and self-acceptance.'
-- The Times

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Antony Dobson has lived through a lot in his short twenty-six years. Desperate, loveable and utterly confused, he gets a kick out of taking risks, gets a thrill from taking himself right to the edge and, so far at least, back again. But haunted by childhood memories and guarding a dark, humiliating secret that he dare not reveal, he's hurtling fast towards the point of no return. Impressive and irresistibly readable, this tight-rope-walk of a novel explores memory, love, identity, and absence in a dazzling display that is in turn sad, witty and deeply affecting. Praise for Ray Robinson's first novel, Electricity: 'An energetic debut, bristling with talent' The Times 'Its fast, furious plot, kaleidoscopic imagery, blunt observations and a wry, ingenious, hugely compassionate heroine make this eviscerating debut novel a breath-taking assault on the senses' Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Ruby on 16 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
Robinson's bold yet subtly poetic narrative conjures the character of 'Antony' and allows the reader to accompany him in his search for self-understanding.

Robinson's touch is delicate and empathic whilst challenging perceptions to enable a peek into the humanity of 'Antony' - where humour is used it is done in a way that is respectful of difference and disability, and with an honesty and bravery that challenges the reader to challenge themselves.

It's very hard to describe how a novel that grittily deals with such difficult issues can be so easy and enjoyable to read - I guess to discover that you'll just have to read it. If you like well written books, with integrity that have all the intrigue of a detective story and the humanity and soul of a tragedy then this is for you!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo de Faria on 15 July 2008
Format: Paperback
"I read this book with interest having been asked by Ray for input in a medical capacity. I see several hundred transgendered patients a year as a private practitioner running a service specifically for the transgendered community.

The book is extremely well written, authentic in it's depiction of the transvestite character and rings true in it's Northern tone.

Knowing Ray personally, I can hear him speaking and whilst Ray is not a cross dresser himself, he depicts the turmoil in the character in a way that I hear every day in my patients. I read the book cover to cover at one sitting being captivated by all the issues it raises. These are the 21st century topics and will become more acceptably mainstream in future as society increasingly embraces diversity of dress, same-sex parenting and varied sexual practice.

This book is groundbreaking!"

By Richard Curtis
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on 29 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved Ray Robinson's first book "Electricity" so I've been really looking forward to reading his second. "The Man Without" is written in a very different style and voice, but it totally exceeded my expectations. I absolutely loved it.

It's a really beautifully written, perceptive and bold novel, very funny in places; with powerful, striking images that are really haunting and visual. The central character Antony is a young man living in Manchester, struggling heroically with his identity and the burden of his past. He is troubled and self-destructive, but drawn with so much honesty, humour and humanity that you can't help but completely warm to him - he's a brilliant, fascinating creation.

It's one of the most original and absorbing novels I've read in years, I really recommend it. I can't wait for Robinson's 3rd novel now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
Ray Robinson's debut novel Electricity was one of the best things I read this year ... until I read his second novel, The Man Without.

The Man Without has many similarities to Electricity and the language is equally direct. Right at the start of the novel, we see that the hero Antony is trying to sort himself out after a near suicide attempt. Antony has a childhood of abuse, a father he never knew and a mother who doesn't appear to have had a maternal bone in her body. Now in his twenties, this has left him with some challenging emotions and dangerous sexual fantasies - we get the slightest hint of what's to come at the start of the second chapter:
"Wrapped in a silk kimono and twisting helix of smoke, he flicked through the new copy of Harper's until he found one: a model with a similar pair."

Veils are gradually lifted until the full effects of Antony's problems are revealed. Prepare to be shocked, but this merely compels you to read on, and hope that he pulls through.

Contrasted against his own problems are those experienced in his job - as a Mental Health Carer. This is particularly expressed in his relationship with one patient, Kenneth - a former vicar suffering from total amnesia and associated personality change, and suffering from deteriorating relationships with his family that he can't remember. The exchanges between Antony and Kenneth are funny and touching, but reinforce the loss of family that is the central theme of the novel. What Antony the professional carer really needs is a family to care for him ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 8 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
Well Done Ray,

You have done it again, you have written a book.
The Man Without asks this question - with or without testicles - and that is the whole point, it does it matter if you have balls or not.
What does it mean to be man or women or what ever in the gender bending 21 century do we need men or women anyway it will not be long till androids dream of electric sheep and Dekard will be chasing us down, all we know is that we just don't know. The climate is changing, the new world order is stealing the banks, Jackson is dead and they are remaking the A Team without the original Mr T. Robinson captures these issue like Al Qaede caught our attention in 2001.
YES these are crazy times and Ray Robinson holds up large pink fluffy mirror to the early 21st century. He shows that it does matter what gender you are, orientation or if you prefer pickled onion Monster Munch to Flamin Hot - your a person and all that truly matters are those moments when we are touched by life, by people and often as in this book by ourselves - that is what matters. Come on we all do it, even the Queen!!!!
This book jizzes all over the competition, the characters are real and fragile, like the flowers of Ray's imagination.
Ray's world may be fiction but it is fiction with fart and a large uppercut to those who oppress, define and try to sit on the fluctuating world we live in today.
Ray don't let the pencil monster bite keep writing.
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