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A 'haunting, compelling, and brilliant'(The Times) novel about a group of students who, under the influence of their professor find their lives changed forever, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch

Truly deserving of the accolade 'modern classic', Donna Tartt's novel is a remarkable achievement - compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.

Under the influence of their charismatic Classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality, their lives are changed profoundly and for ever as they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

'A haunting, compelling, and brilliant piece of fiction ... Packed with literary allusion and told with a sophistication and texture that owes much more to the nineteenth century than to the twentieth' -The Times

Fiction & Literature
May 2
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

t000000000000 ,

Pretty good

I've just finished this book, so I'm writing the review fresh, and I think all I can say is that I'm really glad I read it, and equally glad it's over. It's very well written, and occasionally great fun, and it's also - just as occasionally - boring.

Spungen Love ,

One of my favourite novels

We think we know who died, but how...and why? Set in a monied New England college which is a complete culture shock to the narrator, an elite group of Greek students capture his attention. Beautifully crafted writing by Donna Tartt in her debut novel which captures the awe and wonder of a West Coast scholarship student who is looking for his identity, but at what cost?
Highly recommended.

balthus ,


Donna Tartt writes in a completely captivating style; vividly describing the colourful details of existence itself in such a poetic manner that I find utterly intriguing.
The Secret History is a coded warning to all of us about how we bear responsibility for our own destinies, and how we should value the gold dust one another's friendship on a daily basis.
Her characters are well-delineated;absolutely believable and based, I feel, on real individuals studied "through a glass darkly".
I recommend this book highly to all who are interested in the rich subject of the human condition.

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