Throw Me to the Wolves

Throw Me to the Wolves

by Patrick McGuinness


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Compulsively readable.”—New York Times Book Review

"A significant literary achievement that also happens to be a terrific page-turner."- Jonathan Lee

"Elegantly written, darkly entertaining."- John Banville

"An extraordinary writer of great compassion . . . Stunning."- Denise Mina

In the aftermath of Brexit, the body of a young woman is found by the river Thames, and a neighbor, a retired teacher from Chapleton College, is arrested. An eccentric loner—intellectual, shy, a fastidious dresser with expensive tastes—he is the perfect candidate for a media monstering.

In custody he is interviewed by two detectives: the circumspect Ander, and his workaday foil, Gary. Ander is particularly watchful now, because the man across the table is someone he knows—someone he hasn’t seen in nearly thirty years. Determined to salvage the truth as ex-pupils and colleagues line up against the accused, he must face a story from decades back, from his own time as a Chapleton student, at the peak of anti-Irish sentiment.

With the momentum of classic crime fiction, Throw Me to the Wolves follows two mysteries—one unfolding in the media-saturated present, and the other bubbling up from the abusive past of the 1980s English school system. Beautifully written and psychologically acute, it is a novel about memory and childhood, prescient and piercingly funny, as wise as it is tragic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620401514
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 71,459
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Patrick McGuinness is a professor of French and comparative literature at Oxford University. His first novel, The Last Hundred Days, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and his memoir, Other People’s Countries won the Duff Cooper Prize and was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize. McGuinness lives in Oxford and Caernarfon, Wales. His website is

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