A Ladder to the Sky

“From the moment I accepted the invitation, I was nervous about returning to Germany…”

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A Ladder to the Sky

Shortlisted: Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year

Shortlisted: Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners’ Choice Book of the Year

If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Paskin decides very early on in his career.

A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter.

Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people’s stories. He doesn’t care where he finds them – or to whom they belong – as long as they help him rise to the top.

Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul.


UK: Doubleday

USA: Hogarth Press (November 2018)

Brazil: Companhia das Letras

Canada: Doubleday Canada (November 2018)

France: JC Lattès

Germany: Piper

Holland: Meulenhoff

Italy: Rizzoli

Poland: Swiat Ksiazki

Spain: Salamandra

US Large Print: Thorndike Press