The Outgoing Man has his instructions and is ready to leave, but nothing is that simple. As he tries to disentangle himself from the 'organisation', he is only drawn further in: caught up in his friend Walter's plans for revolution; distracted by the voluptuous Colubrine; and forced into a steely battle of wills with the man who has suddenly and silently occupied his room...


Published by Portobello Books on September 15, 2005 and in paperback on May 11, 2006


Shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award


'A perky greeting card from hell' - Magnus Mills


'A clever left-field debut... surreally witty, it recalls the same European sense of experiment at work in Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco and Magnus Mills...' - The Metro


'We are in a mysterious "organisation" at the Salvador Dali level of reality... This is a little bit like The Prisoner, mixed in with a dash of Are You being Served?' - The Times


'Quirky and blackly satirical, The Outgoing Man emanates a Kafka-esque stench of stagnation and claustrophobia. Neath shows how even the most banal kinds of human interaction take us deep into the realms of the insane, the surreal and the grotesque' - Time Out


'The Outgoing Man, Glen Neath's first novel, is an attempt to do something different... a hint of Kafka, a smidgeon of Beckett, a few drops of Auster...an unusual and original novel' - The Guardian


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