The Secret History

The Secret History

Paperback Published on: 27/05/1993
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The Secret History
Deliciously dark
Tartt is officially the queen of darkness with this book! It is about the dis-functional relationship between a close knit group of college students and i... READ MORE
Hannah Mulligan Ward at Woking
The Secret History
Darkly Compelling
This compelling novel goes to show what happens when smart people do bad things. Employing an agile yet rich prose, Tartt characteristically creates a atmo... READ MORE
Jonathan Patel
The Secret History
Dark and Troubling
Thought-provoking throughout, this is no ordinary campus novel. Donna Tartt mixes ancient Greek, American college life and cold-blooded murder to create a ... READ MORE
Harriet Hughes at Lancaster
The Secret History
The secret is out!
I have yet to come across anyone who has read this book who didn't like it; I am sure they must exist somewhere but finding them is near impossible. In my ... READ MORE
Tim Mowbray at London Wall
The Secret History
subtle chaos
A slow-paced book with unpredictable injections of acceleration. At first, I felt that the prologue reduced the impact of the first chapter, however, Tartt... READ MORE
Ronnie, Bluewater Bookseller


Truly deserving of the accolade Modern Classic, Donna Tartt's cult bestseller The Secret History is a remarkable achievement - both compelling and elegant, 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140167771
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Weight: 440g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 30 mm

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The Secret History
The Secret History
I read this book more than thirteen years ago when it was first published and thought it was the best book I had ever read. I still maintain this opinion t... READ MORE
Trudy Hope
The Secret History
Don’t honestly know how to put it into words.
The Secret History is a strange book for me, while I certainly didn’t dislike it, I don’t know what to think of it, in a good way. The changes in how I fel... READ MORE
Aidan H E  Rogers
The Secret History
very good novel, long but still a great read,sometimes a little dark.The book is narrated through the main character Richard ,and through his eyes the stor... READ MORE
Robert Plimmer
The Secret History
Amorality, language and thought and guilt
It would be incredibly difficult to find a first novel as accomplished as this. Tartt has crafted, seemingly at the first attempt a compelling, and beautif... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Secret History
The Secret History
Absolutely fantastic!I was hooked from beginning to end and just didn't want to put this book down. With so many secrets and twists in the pliot it just gr... READ MORE
Hannah Shanks