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The Widow - Fiona Barton

The Widow - Fiona Barton

These books are from an exclusive, special numbered edition of 700 copies.

Title: The Widow

Author:  Fiona Barton

ISBN:  9780593076217

Weight:  897g

Numbered and prepublication dated signed first edition, first printing with slipcase




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The Widow by Fiona Barton

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary.  Nice house, nice husband.  Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page.  Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

Peer & Press Reviews

Stunning from start to finish.  I devoured it in one sitting.  The best book I’ve read this year.  If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love this.  Fiona Barton is a major new talent.

M J Arlidge, author of Liar Liar

The ultimate psychological thriller.  Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through.  The ending totally blew me away.

Lisa Gardner, author of Fear Nothing

A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door.  Gripping and horribly plausible.

Tammy Cohen, author of First One Missing

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Widow
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

This special numbered edition is from a print run of 700 copies commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the half title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number.

The book has pictorial boards with a matt laminate finish; the spine has a gloss UV coating to match the finish of the pictorial slipcase.  It also has decorative head and tail bands and the text block edges have been sprayed black.

Available numbersChoice of 552 or 558 [of 700, subject to availability]
Overall conditionVery fine / na / Very fine
SignedOn the title page
DatedOn the title page – 6 January 2016 [prepublication]
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesBritish Book Awards 2017 – shortlist (crime & thriller book)
Book Club listingRichard and Judy Book Club – winner of the autumn 2016 readers’ vote
TV adaptation

TV rights have been optioned by Playground Television, the production company behind The Missing drama series.

Tanya Tillett, formerly of the Knight Hall Agency, brokered the deal on behalf of Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

Book Stats
PublisherTransworld Publishers
ImprintBantam Press
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139780593076217
ISBN 100593076214
FormatHardcover [pictorial boards] with slipcase, no dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)245 x 165 x 35mm [slipcase]

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