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

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Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 10/08/2017
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By Norway's bestselling novelist and the author of Norwegian Wood, a family story on an 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.

'An engaging, satisfying read that packs a lot of 20th-century history into its pages.' - The Times

Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett.
 
Lars Mytting, a novelist and journalist, was born in Fåvang, Norway, in 1968. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme was awarded the Norwegian National Booksellers' Award and has been bought for film. Norwegian Wood has become an international bestseller, and was the Bookseller Industry Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857056047
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 676 g
Dimensions: 238 x 163 x 37 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

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
24th June 2017
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TripFiction

“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

Hardback edition
31st July 2017
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