In the Absence of Heroes

Author(s): Anthony McCarten


A clever, moving novel about the impact of the internet on our relationships.

Jim and Renata Delpe's life is in a very modern crisis. With their son, Jeff, sending text messages to his dead brother while slipping quickly into internet addiction, and with Renata engaged in a secret internet relationship with a figure she has never actually met, Jim Delpe - who has long had 'a love-hate relationship' with computers - is left with no choice but to log in himself, if the family is to be saved.

In this ambitious, suspenseful and achingly human novel, set against the decline of the nuclear family and the unstoppable rise of digital relationships, In the Absence of Heroes gives us the complex modern world, full of hard, binary choices: make one or two bad choices in a row and just see what happens . . .

This is sequel to Death Of A Superhero, now made into a movie, starring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.



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Finalist NZ Post Book Awards 2013.

Anthony McCarten's debut novel, Spinners (1998) has since been translated into four languages. His collection of short stories, A Modest Apocalypse, was shortlisted in the Heinemann-Reed Fiction Award in 1991. He has published five novels to date and also written numerous stage plays, including co-writing the world-wide success Ladies Night, which won the prestigious Moliere prize, the Meilleure Piece Comique in 2001. McCarten has also adapted another of his plays, Via Satellite, into a feature film, which he directed. He has also done this with his novel Show of Hands, while another two of his novels have been turned into films by other film makers.

General Fields

  • : 9781869797232
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : February 2012
  • : 195x130mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : February 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anthony McCarten
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : Near Fine
  • : 389