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The Wych Elm


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A spellbinding standalone from a literary writer who turns the crime genre inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are.

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Tana French has won many awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Macavity and IVCA Clarion 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 actress at Trinity College Dublin before becoming a writer. 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 *

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