Rowland Manthorpe

Rowland Manthorpe


Rowland Manthorpe is the Technology correspondent at Sky News. His writing has been published in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Atlantic, Spectator and Wired. Rowland studied History at Cambridge and Political Theory at the London School of Economics and has been awarded the Ben Pimlott Prize for Political Writing by the Guardian and The Fabian Society.

Rowland and Kirstin Smith first met at university. They live and write together in south London.

Their first novel, Confidence was published by Bloomsbury in 2016.

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Confidence by Rowland Manthorpe

Starter for Ten meets Essays in Love in a funny, thought-provoking philosophical novel about the power - and the dangers - of confidence.

God may be dead, but getting through finals will take a miracle.

The nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said that whatever does not kill us makes us stronger. Nietzsche was obviously never forced to down an entire jar of stilton by a six-foot, fifteen-stone rugby player...

Ellie Taber's final year at university is hurtling to a close at alarming speed. Defeated by her philosophy dissertation and uncertain as to why she can't quite commit to her faultlessly supportive boyfriend, she is disenchanted with university life.

Charlie, on the other hand, is determined to use his final year to become the man he was always meant to be. He plans to play the field, do just enough work to secure his degree, finally develop his brilliant business idea and basically have an awesome time. They are both in for a surprise.

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