THE SIXTEEN TREES OF THE SOMME

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Lars Mytting

Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett

Paperback - B-format - 416pp - £8.99 - 04/10/2018 - 9780857056061

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 intricate story about war, family, secrets and, yes, wood . . . An engaging, satisfying read.
— ANTONIA SENIOR, The Times
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