Brat Farrar book

Brat Farrar

Josephine Tey

Introduced by Ruth Rendell
Illustrated by A. Richard Allen

Long thought dead, the heir to the family fortune has returned to the Ashby family. But in Josephine Tey's mystery masterpiece, nothing is simple and clear and he is soon suspected of being an imposter.

Published price: US$ 53.95


Brat Farrar

Tragedy has hit the Ashby family too often. The young parents of 13-year-old twin boys died in a plane crash; the elder twin, Patrick, later vanished, leaving a suicide note at the top of the cliffs near their home. His brother became heir to the family property but now, just weeks before his 21st birthday, a young man appears claiming to be Patrick.

The man certainly looks like an Ashby; he also has the family gift with horses and a gentle reserve that reminds Bee of the little boy she has grieved for all these years. But ‘Patrick’ is an impostor. Brat Farrar has felt out of place all his life until he hears of the Ashby family and risks everything in this mad deception. He falls in love with the house, with Aunt Bee and the whole Ashby way of life … but beneath the serenity of Latchetts, there are dark secrets that only Brat’s arrival can bring to light.

‘Ingenious, stimulating and very enjoyable’

Production Details

Brat Farrar book

Bound in cloth.

Printed and blocked with a design by A. Richard Allen.

Set in Bulmer.

248 pages.


7 colour illustrations.

Book size: 9" × 5¾".

Experimenting with the mystery genre

‘Really first class … a continual delight’

Unusual, subtle and filled with unforgettable characterisations, Josephine Tey’s books experiment brilliantly with the traditional mystery genre. In Brat Farrar, the reader knows from the start that Brat is not who he claims to be, which, as Ruth Rendell points out in a newly commissioned introduction, paradoxically gives the novel ‘a greater tension than if its author had led us up the garden path to be weakly surprised at the end’. The pleasure is in the unravelling of other mysteries: the process of detection that brings old crimes and scandals to light alongside the brooding menace of the present – what Rendell calls ‘a point of almost unbearable stress’.

‘Perhaps her finest novel’

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Review by johnbean9 on 3rd Jun 2013

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 4/5

"Brat Farrar is an enjoyable and well-written book. Tey displays a deft touch in building the suspense of the story and using the early-on revelation of Brat's scheme to craft several memorable scenes...." [read more]

Review by pedro7 on 30th Aug 2012

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 4/5

"Write your review about our edition here.I got this book last year and as with others that Folio has published over the years by the same author thoroughly enjoyed it.Its unusual for its genre because..." [read more]

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