• The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
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  • The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
  • The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
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  • The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/10/2018
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The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
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 ... READ MORE
Sally Boocock


Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for October 2018

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.

A European literary superstar Lars Mytting made his name in the UK with the translation of his breakaway hit Norwegian Wood. He further confirms his elegant skills as novelist in this perfectly-plotted tale of family conflict and the divisive toll of war.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: 9780857056061
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 321g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 163 x 29 mm

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The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
Perfect gift!
This book was a gift from my husband for a trip to Oslo. “Read something Norwegian”, he said as I left. Of course as the title suggests there is more to th... READ MORE
Stella Day
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
An enjoyable read
I agree with previous reviewers that this book took a bit of getting into, but I found it gripping. I really wanted to find out what happened to Edvards fa... READ MORE
Louise  McAllister
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
Couldn't put it down...
Once I started this book, I just couldn't stop thinking about how the story was going to end. The writing really gets you hooked, combing Edvard's investig... READ MORE
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
This is an exceptional book. Absolutely not run-of-the-mill, and yet a really good story. I have paased it around and everybody shares this opinion.
Alastair McDougall
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
Search for the missing parts.
This is a fascinating, multi layered story which follows Edvard in his quest to learn about his past life, from Norway to the Shetlands and the battlefield... READ MORE
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