The Sixteen Trees of the Somme (Paperback)
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The Sixteen Trees of the Somme (Paperback)

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By Norway's bestselling novelist and the author of NORWEGIAN WOOD, a family story of epic scale.

Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The death of his parents, when he was three years old, has always been shrouded in mystery - he has never been told how or where it took place and has only a distant memory of his mother.

But he knows that the fate of his grandfather's brother, Einar, is somehow bound up with this mystery. One day a coffin is delivered for his grandfather long before his death - a meticulous, beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Perhaps Einar is not dead after all.

Edvard's desperate quest to unlock the family's tragic secrets takes him on a long journey - from Norway to the Shetlands, and to the battlefields of France - to the discovery of a very unusual inheritance. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century.

Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857056030
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 234 x 158 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Mytting's book is as much a romantic historical thriller as it is a book of promise, a page-turner as it is a reflective journey into selfhood, history, life's meaning and individual moral responsibility -- Mika Provata-Carlone * Bookanista *
Mytting follows up Norwegian Wood with a mystery that fits together like a piece of fine marquetry -- Christian House * Observer *
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is so cleverly plotted, and it builds up such effortless dramatic momentum as it zeroes in on its conclusion -- Roger Cox * Scotsman *
The tug of this book on the heart and mind is irresistible . . . And you will, I think, struggle to find a modern novel in which the emotional, imaginative lure of trees and wood is as powerful. -- Michael Duggan * Catholic Herald Books of the Year. *
Though the twists of discovery drive the plot, it is the intimacy with the natural world - as we might expect from the author of the phenomenally successful Norwegian Wood - that most compels us: potato-flowers, islets, storm petrels, walnut trees and walnut wood. -- Paul Binding * Times Literary Supplement *

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“Trees and family secrets...”

This is a story of unusual inheritance, unlocking the secret of a family history and finding out who you really are and where you belong.

It is part thriller, part historical fiction taking us through Norway,... More

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“A family saga set in three countries - Norway, Scotland and France”

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is the epic story of three families. These are the Hirifjells from Saksum, a small village near Lillehammer in central Norway, the Winterfinchs from Edinburgh and the Shetlands, and the... More

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“Stunning”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book although it took a little getting into but once in I couldn't put it down. I really wanted to know what had happened to Edvard in his past and why he was brought up by his... More

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