A dark psychological page-turner about an inexperienced teacher who builds a powerful - and ultimately dangerous - connection with her students. The Secret History meets Notes on a Scandal.
Natalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, reviewer and classicist. She was once a stand-up comic, but retired when she realised she preferred tragedy to comedy. Always keen to be paid for what she would be reading anyway, she judged the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2010, The Women's Prize for Fiction in 2012, and the Man Booker Prize in 2013. The Amber Fury is her first novel.
I stayed up all night to finish The Amber Fury. It's
gripping and compelling, a real page-turner, written with humanity
and warmth -- S.J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
A handsomely structured psychological mystery, and a moving exploration of grief -- Lionel Shriver
Haynes' debut is not only a gripping thriller, but also a beautifully drawn portrait of grief and how we find our way back to life. I loved it. -- Madeline Miller, author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES
A gripping first novel...impossible to put down. -- Herman Koch, author of the international bestseller, THE DINNER
Compelling, wise, compassionate, and devastating, Natalie Haynes' masterfully-wrought drama of rage, loss and redemption stirs both contemplation and tears. Her debut marks the arrival of a forceful, thrilling new talent -- Liz Jensen, bestselling author of THE UNINVITED and THE RAPTURE
Gripping and elegiac, funny and achingly sad, Haynes' tale pulls you along like a river to the falls. Hypnotic -- Joss Whedon, creator of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and screenwriter of TOY STORY