Donna Tartt UK Events

Donna Tartt Events

Author of The Goldfinch


Little, Brown is delighted to welcome Donna Tartt, acclaimed author of the international bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend, to the UK and Ireland this November – her first tour here in ten years – to celebrate the publication of her much-anticipated new novel, The Goldfinch. Information on individual events can be found here:

Monday 11th November - Oxford (sold out)

An evening with Donna Tartt in conversation with Michael Prodger, 7pm
The Divinity Schools, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3BG.
Tickets: Available from Blackwell's Bookshop. For further information, please telephone 01865 333623. To purchase tickets, please email


Tuesday 12th November - London (sold out)

An evening with Donna Tartt in conversation with Kirsty Wark, 7pm
Venue: St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL
Tickets: Available from Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. T: 020 7851 2419

Wednesday 13th November - Cambridge (sold out)

An evening with Donna Tartt in conversation with Erica Wagner, in association with Cambridge Word Fest and Heffers Bookshop, 7pm
Venue: The Cambridge Union Society, 9a Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB
Tickets: Tickets are available from or from Cambridge Word Fest’s box office: 01223 300085

Thursday 14th November - Edinburgh (sold out)

An evening with Donna Tartt in conversation with Suzi Feay, 7pm
Venue: Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
Tickets: Available from Waterstones, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD. T: 0131 226 2666

Friday 15th November - Dublin

DLR Voices Series Presents Donna Tartt in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, 7:30pm
Venue: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
Tickets: Available at


Monday 18th November - Manchester (sold out)

Waterstones and the Manchester Literature Festival present: An evening with Donna Tartt in conversation with Christopher Cook, 7pm
Venue: St Ann’s Church, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7LF
Tickets: Available from Waterstones, 91 Deansgate, Manchester M2 3BW. T: 0161 837 3000


Tuesday 19th November - London (sold out)

The Guardian Book Club with Donna Tartt in conversation with John Mullan - special event for The Secret History, 7pm
Venue: London's Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Tickets: Available via the Guardian website

Little, Brown

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt, author of the phenomenal bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend, returns with a breathtaking new novel.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014

Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

A glorious novel that pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of readingThe Goldfinch is a triumph . . . Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fictionAn astonishing achievement . . . if anyone has lost their love of storytelling, The Goldfinch will most certainly return it to them. The last few pages of the novel take all the serious, big, complicated ideas beneath the surface and hold them up to the lightA modern epic and an old-fashioned pilgrimage...Dickens with guns, Dostoevsky with pills, Tolstoy with antiques. And if it doesn't gain Tartt entry to the mostly boys' club that is The Great American Novel, to drink with life-members John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth et al, then we should close down the joint and open up another for the Great Global Novel - for that is what this isLavish and lush in d?cor and span . . . highly wrought and romantic as her numerous admirers will hopeDonna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.Dazzling, thrilling and eagerly anticipated, The Goldfinch will be the publishing event of 2013.Donna Tartt's first novel, The Secret History, has sold more than five million copies and has been translated into more than 20 languages.Tartt's second novel, The Little Friend, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.