“A pleasure to read” Daily Express reviews Death of an Owl

Daily Express reviews Death of an Owl

“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.”

‘A life’s work’ – Nudge Books reviews The Death of an Owl

he Death of an Owl by Paul Torday with Piers Torday cover

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.

Piers Torday: finishing his father’s last novel

Paul and Piers Torday

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?