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"Vivid, page-turning, unlike anything you'll read this year"

"[A] fast-paced...complex, sophisticated morality play"

"A masterly tale of trauma and retribution"

"A gripping tale of adventure and a moving account of redemption"

"One of the most compelling villains in recent fiction"

Book of the Month in The Times and Sunday Times

"A powerhouse page-turner"

"Just try putting this book down. An original, breathless, compelling debut"

"Gripping and vivid...remarkable"


"An instant classic"

Book of the Year in The Times, Amazon, BBC History Magazine

Winner, Barnes & Noble Discover Award for best fiction

Finalist, Indies Choice Book Awards & HWA Crowns










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Paul Howarth is a British-Australian author and former lawyer. He holds an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, where he was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship.


In 2018 his debut novel, Only Killers and Thieves, was published to international acclaim, winning the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, being short- or long-listed for many other accolades, and featuring on numerous best books of the year lists.

His second novel, Dust Off the Bones, was published in summer 2021, also to widespread acclaim, receiving multiple starred reviews and being named Book of the Month by both The Times and Sunday Times.



For all enquiries, please contact my agent Lucy Luck on:

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