Penguin Books UK and have teamed up to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a luxury armchair and a copy of the bestselling novel by Tana French, The Wych Elm.


Read in style this autumn on a armchair – choose your favourite up to a value of £950.

The Wych Elm is a dark, twisty novel that asks what sinister secrets might be hiding at the heart of your family.

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    Prize Draw Terms and Conditions:

    1. No purchase necessary to enter the prize draw.  

    2. This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over, with the exception of employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. 

    3. Entries must be received by 1st October 2019 12:00pm BST. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries and entries via agents or third parties are invalid and will not be counted. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.

    4. Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize. 

    5. To enter fill in your details on the online form. 

    6. All correctly completed entries will be entered into a prize draw which will take place on 15th October 2019. The first entry drawn will be the winner.

    7. The prize for the winner is x1 paperback copy of The Wych Elm, x1 armchair up to a value of £950.

    8. 5 runners up will each receive x1 copy of the paperback of The Wych Elm 

    9. Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.

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    15. The Promoter is Penguin Books Limited 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA.

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  • The Wych Elm

  • From the writer whose novels inspired the BBC's Dublin Murders TV series...

    <h2> 'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History' THE TIMES </h2>

    'An engrossing, unpredictable, beautifully written mystery' SOPHIE HANNAH

    'Dark and twisty' SUNDAY TIMES

    'Mesmerising' GILLIAN FLYNN

    'I'm a big fan of Tana French' IAN RANKIN


    One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins.

    But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden.

    As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.

    A spellbinding book from a novelist who takes crime writing and turns it inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are.

    'This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction's] biggest contemporary star' Guardian

    'Lyrical, suspenseful, unpredictable' Harlan Coben

    'French offers a masterclass in unreliability' Sunday Times

    'Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent' Stephen King

    'Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin' Lucy Mangan, Stylist

    'To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer' Gillian Flynn

    'This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' Erin Kelly

    'The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists 'Observer

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