Donna Tartt is one of the great contemporary American novelists. Released in 1992, her debut novel The Secret History swept all before it, becoming a critically lauded bestseller across the globe. A campus murder mystery with an unconventional structure, the book established Tartt as both a dazzling prose stylist and an accomplished architect of plot and narrative. A decade elapsed before Tartt’s eagerly anticipated second novel appeared, and The Little Friend - a chilling slice of Southern Gothic redolent of her own Mississippi upbringing - was similarly well-received by critics and readers alike. Her third novel, The Goldfinch, a bildungsroman that takes in fraudulent art and the criminal underworld, followed in 2013. A Hollywood adaptation of The Goldfinch will arrive in UK cinemas late in 2019.