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The Wych Elm: The Sunday Times bestseller

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title The Wych Elm: The Sunday Times bestseller
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Tana French
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 198,Width 129
Category/GenreModern and contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
ISBN/Barcode 9780241379530

Publishing Details

Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 5 September 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom


'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History . . . impossible to put down' The Times One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made- a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.

Author Biography

Tana French is the Sunday Times and New York Times-bestselling author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place, The Trespasser and The Wych Elm. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry and Macavity awards, the LA Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Irish Book Award for Best Crime Fiction. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin. She lives in Dublin with her family.


A truly great writer -- Gillian Flynn The Wych Elm is her best novel yet -- Erin Kelly Lyrical, suspenseful, unpredictable My favourite novel of last year -- Sophie Hannah Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent -- Stephen King A masterpiece -- John Boyne The finest crime writer around right now * Mail on Sunday * One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History...impossible to put down * The Times * The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists * Observer * Her storytelling skills are incredible -- Sarra Manning * Red * Gripping and suspenseful, with more twists than a rollercoaster, The Wych Elm is a magnificent novel -- John Boyne French offers a masterclass in unreliability . . . dissolving the boundaries between genre and literary fiction * Sunday Times * Her best book. Really, it is not a crime novel: as ever, Tana's scope is so much broader than that. It's a book about identity, childhood, luck and family...I absolutely loved it. -- Gillian McAllister Inspires cultic devotion in readers...most crime fiction is diverting; French's is consuming * The New Yorker * A brilliant examination of male privilege and family secrets -- What to Look Forward to in the World of Books 2019 * Guardian * A darkly addictive story of family secrets -- Best Books of 2019 * i paper * Tana French's writing is lyrical but sharp, her eye for detail exquisite, her storytelling skills incredible - I need to read her backlist right away! -- Sara Manning * Red Magazine * Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin -- Lucy Mangan * Stylist * French is a poet of mood and a master builder of plots -- Maureen Corrigan * The Washington Post * A spectacularly talented writer -- Louise O'Neill, author of 'Asking for It' Tana French is one of those rare writers whose publication date you put in your diary. Her effortless verve, insight and black wit still glimmer from every page. -- Kate Riordan, author of 'The Girl in the Photograph' A hugely satisfying door-stopper of a novel, full of ambiguity, nuance and building menace. To read French is to experience that sense of utter disorientation that comes from the ground shifting constantly beneath your feet. Totally absorbing -- Tammy Cohen Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns * New York Times * A beautifully written, highly intelligent meditation on family relationships, the human mind, social politics and much more, often leavened with good jokes * Sunday Express *