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Louise Doughty

Apple-Tree-YardApple Tree Yard

‘Don’t tell them about Apple Tree Yard, don’t tell them about us. No one has any way of knowing. Nothing is written down.’

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him - a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can't control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman's adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers


“There can't be a woman alive who hasn't once realised, in a moment of panic, that she's in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. Louise Doughty, more sure-footed with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely-written book.”
Hilary Mantel

“A superb novel. Grown-up, genuinely suspenseful, wonderfully well-constructed, intelligent and provocative. I really didn't want to finish it. And I don't say that very often.”
Julie Myerson

“Once you start you can't stop reading.”
Helen Dunmore


Published by

UK / Faber


France / Belfond

Germany / C. Bertelsmann

Netherlands / Artemis

Spain / Random House Mondadori

Iceland / Bjartur

Italy / Bollati Boringhieri

Brazil / Rocco

Arabic / Dar Ninawa

Turkey / Pegasus

Israel / Miskal

Hungary / Kulinaria

Finland / Minerva

Russia / Sinbad

Norway / Vigmostad

Portugal / Porto Editora

Slovenia / Ucila

Tawian / Solo Press

Czech Republic / Albatross

Slovakia / Albatross

Sweden / Bokforlag

Bulgaria / Hermes

Denmark / Book House

Romania / Editura Vellant

Croatia / Algoritam