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The Death of an Owl: From the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a witty tale of scandal and subterfuge

Paul Torday, Piers Torday

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From the bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN comes a new novel about political expediency, spin and unholy alliances. Completed by Piers Torday.

Andrew Landford, MP is driving home one night along a dark country lane when a barn owl flies into his windscreen. It is an accident, nothing more. But Andrew sits on a parliamentary committee concerned with the protection of endangered species, and the death of the owl threatens to destroy his hopes of reaching No. 10.

Also in the car is Andrew's old Oxford friend and political adviser, Charles Fryerne. Will they be able to keep the crime under wraps, or will circumstances conspire against them?

'A pleasure to read' - Daily Express
'Skeweringly accurate' - Evening Standard
'A compelling blend of morality and satire' - Sunday Mirror
'Witty and well-crafted - a delightful gothic fantasy' - Guardian

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Praise for The Death of an Owl: From the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a witty tale of scandal and subterfuge

  • A delightful Gothic fantasy... Witty and well-crafted - completed with panache - THE GUARDIAN

  • Compelling blend of morality and satire - SUNDAY MIRROR

  • THE DEATH OF AN OWL makes the journey from well-crafted and urbane political novel to spooky melodrama with elegance. A pleasure to read - DAILY EXPRESS

  • Piers has taken up the story so perfectly that you can't see the join. - THE TIMES

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Paul Torday

Paul Torday burst on to the literary scene in 2007 with his first novel, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, an immediate international bestseller that has been translated into 28 languages and has been made into a film starring Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emily Blunt. His subsequent novels, THE IRRESISTIBLE INHERITANCE OF WILBERFORCE, THE GIRL ON THE LANDING, THE HOPELESS LIFE OF CHARLIE SUMMERS, MORE THAN YOU CAN SAY, THE LEGACY OF HARTLEPOOL HALL and LIGHT SHINING IN THE FOREST, were all published to great critical acclaim. He was married with two sons by a previous marriage, had two stepsons, and lived close to the River North Tyne. He died at home in December 2013.

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