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

The Death of an Owl (with Piers Torday)

Paul Torday's final book, completed posthumously by his son Piers. Andrew Landford is driving home one night, along a dark country lane, when a barn owl flies into his windscreen. It is an accident, nothing more. However Andrew is in line to be the country's next prime minister. And he has recently been appointed to a parliamentary committee concerned with the Wildlife and Countryside Act. If Andrew acknowledges that he has killed the owl, he could be risking his political career. Should he come clean, or hide the story and hope it goes away?

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"A delightful gothic fantasy"

– Chris Bryant, THE GUARDIAN


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