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The 25th anniversary edition of the bestseller that defined an age

Truly deserving of the accolade Modern Classic, Donna Tartt's cult bestseller The Secret History is a remarkable achievement - incredibly compelling, 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, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

Reviews

It takes my breath away, it is so accomplished

Ruth Rendell

Excellent; Donna Tartt has discovered not the usual collegiate mix of sex, drugs and rock and roll, but a heart of darkness as stony and chilling as any Greek tragedian ever plumbed. A thinking person's thriller

Newsday

Enthralling. Imagine the plot of Dostoyevesky's Crime and Punishment crossed with the story of Euripides' Bacchae set against the backdrop of Brett Easton Ellis's Rules of Attraction. Ferociously well-paced, remarkably powerful

New York Times

Brilliant

Sunday Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241982884

    August 3, 2017

    Viking

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140167771

    July 1, 1993

    Penguin General UK (UK Adult)

    640 pages

    RRP $24.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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