The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
Lars Mytting, Paul Russell Garrett
A family story of epic scale, by the author of NORWEGIAN WOOD and THE BELL IN THE LAKE.
“An intricate story about war, family, secrets and,yes, wood … An engaging, satisfying read” The Times
“So cleverly plotted, and it builds up such effortless dramatic momentum as it zeroes in on its conclusion” Scotsman
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.
A TIMES BESTSELLER
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
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett
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 * 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. * 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 * Mytting follows up Norwegian Wood with a mystery that fits together like a piece of fine marquetry -- Christian House * Observer * 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 *
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