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Kate Weinberg

  • Original Title: THE TRUANTS
  • Publication date: August 2019
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
  • Country: GB
  • 336 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Psychological Thriller


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, LOVE / HATE, Obsession, Death, Moral dilemma, Facing failure, Psychological dysfunction, Rivalry, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, Loyalty, Jealousy, Love triangle, Amorous urge, FAMILY, Homosexuality


Jess has started an English Literature degree at a university she chose because of the celebrated author-lecturer, Lorna. She’s captivated by Lorna and her studies, and falls in love with the mysterious Alec. The problem is that Alec is her best friend’s boyfriend. From that point, everything unravels.


UK rights sold to Bloomsbury/UK in a two-book deal, after a four-way auction.
Translation rights sold: Germany, US, Czech Republic

December 2019:
- This has now sold 10,000 copies since its publication in August.
- Both Booklist and Kirkus have given it starred reviews
- it’s made Alma’s list of Favourite Books of Winter 2020, was picked as a Guardian Top 10 Golden Age Detective Novel and selected as one of Jojo Moyes’s Best Books of 2019!

A seductive coming-of-age story about obsession, rivalry and deceit, set on an East Anglian university campus where a young student falls in love with a man and a woman, both manipulative and charismatic. Pitched as similar to THE GIRLS or NOTES ON A SCANDAL and for the readership of Rowan Coleman, Elizabeth Day, Laura Barnett, and Maggie O’Farrell.

Debut novel.


Jess Walker, a young and green first year student, falls in love with two great story-tellers. One, Alec, a journalist in exile, the other, Lorna, a charismatic literature professor. Starting out under the flat grey skies of an east Anglian university campus and ending up on an idyllic Mediterranean island, THE TRUANTS is about a group of eccentric misfits who yearn to break the rules. As Jess' experience of infatuation and betrayal gives way to a breathless search for the truth, she finds herself detective in a twisted crime of the heart.

MS of book 1 and a synopsis of book 2
Read report online.

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