The Little Friend

The Little Friend : 21 Great Bloomsbury Reads for the 21st Century

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Twelve-year-old Harriet is doing her best to grow up, which is not easy as her mother is permanently on medication, her father has moved to another city, and her sister rarely notices anything. All of them are still suffering from the shocking and mysterious death of her brother Robin twelve years earlier, and it seems to Harriet that the family may never recover. Inspired by Houdini, and Robert Louis Stevenson, she sets out with her only friend Hely to find Robin's murderer and punish him. But what starts out as a child's game soon becomes a dark and dangerous journey into the menacing underworld of a small Mississippi town.
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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 21st birthday celebratory ed
  • 0747590060
  • 9780747590064

About Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt is a novelist, essayist and critic. Her first novel, The Secret History, has been published in twenty-three languages.
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'Everything you could possibly want in a novel: vivid characterisation, brilliant observation, sly wit and an ingenious, gripping plot' Mail on Sunday 'Beautifully measured prose that sets the scene draws us into the extraordinary story that lingers long in the mind' Observer 'It's the kind of book that wraps you up in its pages and takes you to another place Unputdownable' Daily Mirror 'Once gripped, one gallops through this novel as through a volume of Dickens or Tolstoy, drawn towards the great final set-piece as though by a magnet' Sunday Telegraph
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