David Szalay is the author of four previous works of fiction- Spring, The Innocent, London and the South-East, for which he was awarded the Betty Trask and Geoffrey Faber Memorial prizes, and All That Man Is, for which he was awarded the Gordon Burn prize and Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Born in Canada, he grew up in London, and now lives in Budapest.
As Szalay consistently uproots his reader, proliferating characters and locations, [Turbulence] could be seen as an experiment in the limits of sympathy... a practical test for the way we feel (or fail to feel) for others. Such calculated neutrality is the perfect foil to some heart-stoppingly beautiful prose... Things in this elegant, frightening, politically charged book, fall apart. They also lift off. -- Sophie Ratcliffe * Daily Telegraph * Reading David Szalay is like receiving a series of electric shocks: his preference for short, sharp sketches, rather than a single, linear plot, means that his books deny the reader the comforts of conventional, more languid storytelling... Szalay's stories may be over in just a matter of minutes, but they are violently, appallingly immersive. -- Claire Allfree * Daily Mail * Ingenious... [David Szalay] knows about people... Stark and spare, Turbulence is an impressive novel. -- Brian Martin * Spectator * A portrait of our species at a time of crisis... Szalay is our greatest chronicler of these rootless, tradeworn places, and the desperate, itinerant lives of those who inhabit them. -- Alex Preston * Observer * More tales of mortality from a master of the genre... [Turbulence] is a chilling achievement. -- David Sexton * Evening Standard *