Rogue Male

Geoffrey Household

Introduced by John Banvillle
Illustrated by David Rooney

Opening, literally, with a cliffhanger, Household's classic thriller plunges you into a exhilarating game of cat and mouse as a would-be assassin is chased across 1930s Europe.

Published price: US$ 53.95


Rogue Male

Rogue Male opens, literally, with a cliffhanger. The narrator has just been thrown off the edge of a precipice and is clinging on by the fingertips. He survives the fall and struggles through a muddy stream before climbing a tree, there to hide from the uniformed figures searching below. It transpires that he has just tried to assassinate the leader of an unnamed country with a hunting rifle. There follows a fast-paced cat-and-mouse chase across Europe as the hero struggles to evade the authorities and carry out his mission – ‘to do justice where no other hand could reach.’

Production Details

Rogue Male book
  • Bound in paper with a design by David Rooney.
  • Set in Utopia.
  • 172 pages.
  • 7 integrated full-page black & white illustrations.
  • Book size: 9" x 6¼".

Not a book to be read on the train...

‘Remains as exciting and probing as ever … the reason lies as much in its incisive psychology and timeless crispness of language as in its sensational plot’
The Times

In his introduction, Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville warns against reading Rogue Male on the train, ‘for you will surely end up missing your stop’. This is a tense thriller with echoes of John Buchan, Eric Ambler and Graham Greene. First published in 1939, the story appears to be a prescient account of an attempt to assassinate Hitler – though the anonymous narrator does not consider himself an assassin but ‘a sportsman who couldn’t resist the temptation to stalk the impossible.’

Born in 1900, Geoffrey Household had a varied career that encompassed working for a Romanian bank, marketing bananas in Spain, and serving with British Intelligence during the Second World War. Rogue Male was his most successful novel, adapted as a film in 1941 by Fritz Lang and more recently for radio and television. To illustrate our edition we have commissioned David Rooney, a leading Irish artist whose portfolio includes the Folio Plutarch’s Lives. Rooney employs a scraperboard technique to create bold monochrome images that perfectly convey the rapid economy of the story. In a nod to the cat-and-mouse theme, the artist has integrated his illustrations with the text, giving the effect of movement across the page. Together with Banville’s introduction, this is a fine new presentation of a gripping story.

‘One of the most vivid lone wolf stories I have read’
Conn Iggulden

About Alexander Maitland

Alexander Maitland is a travel writer and biographer. His first book, Speke and the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, was published in 1971. Since then he has written A Tower in a Wall, a conversational portrait of freya Stark, with whom he worked on Rivers of Time, a collection of her travel photographs. Maitland’s own travel writings, The Highland Year and Wild Thyme and Saladelle: Journeys Round Western Provence, are illustrated with his watercolours and drawings. from 1992–2003, he collaborated with Wilfred Thesiger on My Kenya Days, The Danakil Diary, Among the Mountains, and A Vanished World. His authorised biography, Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer, was published in 2006; and the title essay introducing Wilfred Thesiger in Africa, in 2010.


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Review by patternskies on 28th Oct 2013

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"Captivating story and beautifully presented - another Folio Society gem!"

Review by RikZak on 20th Jul 2013

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"A visual feast! "

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