Stephen Fry announces the new Paul Torday Memorial Prize, at the The Society of Authors Authors Awards Party, for the best debut novelist over 60.
The long awaited paperback of the critically acclaimed Death of an Owl, Paul Torday’s final novel, completed by his son Piers, is out today!
“Would Paul have approved of Piers’s ending? It would be nice to think so as The Death Of An Owl makes the journey from well-crafted and urbane political novel to spooky melodrama with elegance. A pleasure to read.”
Piers Torday sheds some light on the real life political scandals which inspired and informed his final book, The Death of an Owl, in the Daily Express.
I was sad to hear the news of Paul Torday’s death, and the poignant story that his son had completed his last novel before publication. I’ve loved the other Torday books I’ve read and wanted to see his final piece. At no point in reading did I think “There, that’s where he stopped”, I got to the end and realised I’d finished without spotting a join, or noticing a change in style, tone or direction. It is very well done, and a very engaging story. Quite a way to finish.
When Paul Torday died before completing work on The Death of an Owl, his son, children’s author Piers Torday, faced a dilemma: dare he do it for him?
Today W&N published Paul Torday’s final book, The Death of an Owl, completed after Paul’s death by his son Piers Torday, an award winning children’s writer in his own right. Tipped by Vogue as a “must read” of 2016, the novel tells the story of an ambitious politician, Andrew Landford, who runs over a protected owl by mistake, and the consequences that unfold when he tries to cover it up.
Chris Bryant has reviewed The Death of an Owl for the Guardian, calling it a ‘delightful Gothic fantasy’.
Next week a rather strange literary event will occur. A new Paul Torday novel will be published. To his fans, this would seem improbable because the author died in December 2013, after becoming one of the more unlikely publishing sensations of the last decade.
Vogue has tipped The Death of an Owl as one of their recommended spring reads!