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The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

Author(s): Lars Mytting

Location(s): Shetland Islands, Norway, The Somme

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 20th century



By Norway’s bestselling novelist and the author of NORWEGIAN WOOD, a family story of epic scale.

Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The death of his parents, when he was three years old, has always been shrouded in mystery – he has never been told how or where it took place and has only a distant memory of his mother.

But he knows that the fate of his grandfather’s brother, Einar, is somehow bound up with this mystery. One day a coffin is delivered for his grandfather long before his death – a meticulous, beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Perhaps Einar is not dead after all.

Edvard’s desperate quest to unlock the family’s tragic secrets takes him on a long journey – from Norway to the Shetlands, and to the battlefields of France – to the discovery of a very unusual inheritance. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century.

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A truly memorable read!

Author: MiriamSmith

I absolutely ADORED “The Sixteen Trees of the Somme” beautifully written by Lars Mytting and found it powerful, poignant, thought provoking and very rich in emotion. ‘Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead...

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moving coming-of-age story (and mystery)

Author: JSAauthor

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is a moving coming-of-age story about an orphan trying to unravel the mystery surrounding his parents’ death. The author successfully pulls you into the mind of this young...

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Author: tripfiction

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is the epic story of three families. These are the Hirifjells from Saksum, a small village near Lillehammer in central Norway, the Winterfinchs from Edinburgh and the Shetlands,...

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