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The Party

(2017)
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A taut psychological tale of obsession and betrayal set over the course of a dinner party, The Party tells the story of two married couples who, in a single evening, will come to question everything they thought they knew about each other as the long-buried secret at the heart of their friendship comes to the surface, culminating in an explosive act of violence.

Ben, who hails from old money, and Martin, who grew up poor but is slowly carving out a successful career as an art critic, have been inseparable since childhood. Ben's wife, Serena, likes to jokingly refer to Martin as Ben's dutiful Little Shadow.

Lucy is a devoted wife to Martin, even as she knows she'll always be second best to his sacred friendship. When Ben throws a lavish 40th birthday party as his new palatial country home, Martin and Lucy attend, mixing with the very upper echelons of London society.

But why, the next morning, is Martin in a police station being interviewed about the events of last night? Why is Lucy being forced to answer questions about her husband and his past? What exactly happened at the party? And what has bound these two very different men together for so many years?

A cleverly built tour of intrigue, The Party feels like a novelistic board game of Clue, taking us through the various half truths and lies its characters weave as the past and present collide in a way that its protagonists never could have anticipated.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Superb - clever, gripping, psychologically acute." - Laura Barnett

"The Party is a compelling read, but it’s a lot more than a page turner. Like Martin, the protagonist, we as readers are sucked into the lives of the privileged few and, like Martin, in turn tittilated, appalled, bewitched and ultimately punched in the stomach by their casual cruelty. We may have seen a hundred stories like this on the news, but Elizabeth Day’s perfectly pitched dialogue and vivid prose brings it all to life." - Catherine Chanter

"Witty, dark and compelling." - Sebastian Faulks

"Think Brideshead Revisited meets The Talented Mr Ripley with a dash of The Riot Club. I couldn't put it down." - Louise O'Neill

"Elizabeth Day's latest novel is sinister and seductive and nothing short of breathtaking." - Francesca Segal

"As sharp, stylish and witty as the perfect guest. Beware: you'll be up far too late." - Lucie Whitehouse


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August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Party
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 0-316-55675-0 / 978-0-316-55675-0 (USA edition)
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ISBN: 0-00-819426-2 / 978-0-00-819426-0 (UK edition)
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Party
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Party: The thrilling Richard and Judy Book Club Pick 2018
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Title: The Party
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ISBN: 0-00-826481-3 / 978-0-00-826481-9 (UK edition)
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Title: The Party
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August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Party
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 1-4789-9014-7 / 978-1-4789-9014-7 (USA edition)
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July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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July 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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August 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Party: The thrilling Richard & Judy Book Club Pick 2018
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
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August 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Party
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
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July 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Party: The thrilling Richard & Judy Book Club Pick 2018
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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