moving coming-of-age story (and mystery)

  • Book: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
  • Location: Norway, Shetland Islands, The Somme
  • Author: Lars Mytting

Review 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 man on a journey of self-discovery, love and loss. The descriptions of place – especially the Shetlands – are stark and harsh, yet intriguing.
Though this is not the type of novel I usually pick up (I’m more of a mystery/thriller kind of girl), this is an unexpectedly poignant novel, and one I am glad I did read. Days after finishing it, I still found myself thinking about the story and the main character’s journey. Highly recommended.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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