Swiss novelist Joël Dicker is a publishing sensation – his novel The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair has won prizes in Europe and been translated into 38 languages. Now it’s arrived in the UK.
The novel is an intricate murder mystery and an exploration of writing and the writing industry. Joël Dicker talks to John Wilson about being at the centre of a publishing whirlwind and how similar – or not – his own life is to that of his glamorous novelist hero.
Listen to the Joël Dicker interview on BBC Radio 4 Front Row below, it starts at 7 mins 56s in:
Hi guys, so sorry it’s taken me so long to get the info up on the website!
We’ve picked The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker this time around (almost unanimously!), with the exception of one copy of ‘The Humans’ by Matt Haig. Leilah absolutely loves that book!
All reserved copies have been put aside, Waterstones are currently cheaper than Amazon on Harry Quebert, so you can have it for half price (just £10). If you’d like to buy it from Waterstones Doncaster just tell the staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound,disclaimer.
August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman – Quebert’s most gifted protege – throws off his writer’s block to clear his mentor’s name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of ‘The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America’. But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.