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  • Published: 10 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241634356
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $34.99

Tell Me Everything

A hopeful, healing novel about new friendships, old loves, and the very human desire to leave a mark on the world - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Booker Prize shortlisted author of My Name is Lucy Barton

It’s autumn in Maine, and the town lawyer Bob Burgess has become enmeshed in an unfolding murder investigation, defending a lonely, isolated man accused of killing his mother. He has also fallen into a deep and abiding friendship with the acclaimed writer, Lucy Barton, who lives nearby in a house next to the sea. Together, Lucy and Bob talk about their lives, their hopes and regrets, and what might have been. Lucy, meanwhile, befriends one of Crosby’s longest inhabitants, Olive Kitteridge, now living in a retirement community on the edge of town. They spend afternoons together in Olive’s apartment, telling each other stories. Stories about people they have known – "unrecorded lives," Olive calls them – reanimating them, and, in the process, imbuing their lives with meaning.

Brimming with empathy and pathos, TELL ME EVERYTHING is Elizabeth Strout operating at the height of her powers, illuminating the ways in which our relationships keep us afloat. As Lucy says, "Love comes in so many different forms, but it is always love."

  • Published: 10 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241634356
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller, Abide With Me and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She lives in New York City and Portland, Maine.

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Praise for Tell Me Everything

A terrific writer

Zadie Smith

She gets better with each book

Maggie O'Farrell

A superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own

Hilary Mantel

No one else writes like Elizabeth Strout

Rachel Joyce

You don't so much read a Strout novel as inhabit it


Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favourite writers

Ann Patchett

One of America's finest writers

Sunday Times

What sets Strout's work apart is her characterisation . . . Long on empathy while steering clear of sentimentality, her prose bears the minerality of a crisp white wine, with a seeming simplicity that belies its profound power

Financial Times

Divine. I couldn't wait for the end of each day so I could slip back into Strout's masterfully-crafted universe again. Such awareness of the human condition, such tenderness, such knowing. What more could you ask from a novel?

Priscilla Morris