Faber Fiction Book of the Month: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

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This June our Faber Book of the Month is new thriller Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty. Running until the end of this month, Faber Fiction Book of the Month will be shining a light on a compelling new title each month from both new and established authors, and giving reading groups the opportunity to enjoy them without having to wait for the paperback. In this exclusive offer for Reading Groups For Everyone, if you order four or more copies of the same title you will receive a 50% discount. Copies can be purchased from Faber & Faber.

About Apple Tree Yard

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children. Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

Apple Tree Yard is both a psychological thriller and an insightful examination of the values we all live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.

‘There can’t be a woman alive who hasn’t once realised, in a moment of panic, that she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. Louise Doughty, more sure-footed with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely-written book.’ – Hilary Mantel

About Louise

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Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, including Apple Tree Yard, just published by Faber & Faber UK. So far, rights have sold in nine territories worldwide. Apple Tree Yard is her first novel since Whatever You Love, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has won awards for radio drama and short stories, along with publishing one work of non- fiction, A Novel in a Year, based on her hugely popular newspaper column. She is a critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers and broadcasts regularly for the BBC.

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Missed previous Faber Fiction Books of the Month? Read about the books from January, February, March, April and May.

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