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  • Published: 3 October 2002
  • ISBN: 9780140167771
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $24.99

The Secret History

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch

The dark academia 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.

  • Published: 3 October 2002
  • ISBN: 9780140167771
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt was educated at the University of Mississippi and Bennington College, and is the author of a second novel, The Little Friend. She lives in Mississippi and New York City.

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Praise for The Secret History

The Secret History succeeds magnificently ... A remarkably powerful novel [and] a ferociously well-paced entertainment ... Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled

New York Times

So irresistible and seductive it's almost a guilty pleasure


Donna Tartt is an amazingly good writer. She's dense, she's allusive. She's a gorgeous storyteller

Stephen King

Takes my breath away

Ruth Rendell

A huge, mesmerizing, galloping read

Vanity Fair

Brilliant and compulsive

Evening Standard

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

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