the beasts of Paris

stef penney

‘Electrifying… dazzlingly evoked… a gripping novel of self-discovery…

fizzes with hectic energy

The final 150 pages are astonishing, to be read breathlessly, compulsively

and at speed, and yet it’s all so well crafted, it’s a shame not to take your time… masterful storytelling

In its balancing of exhilaration and horror, love and terror, despair and resurgence, The Beasts of Paris is a triumph.’ 

The Guardian

‘Stef Penney is one of our most exceptional storytellers’

C. J. Carey

 ‘Hypnotically readable, suspenseful, romantic and humane, Stef Penney is a mesmerising storyteller’ 

Amanda Craig

‘An exquisite, relevant and immersive novel of humanity and beasts, self-discovery and survival set amid a Paris in flames’ 

Anna Mazzola

'Enthralling , vivid and utterly original'

Daisy Goodwin

‘It’s bold. It’s beautifully written and totally absorbing’ 

Elizabeth Buchan

‘Brilliantly evocative of Paris under siege’ 

Rachel Billington

‘Haunting and immersive’

Isabelle Grey

‘A beautifully written story of the best and worst of humanity’  

S. G. Maclean

‘An eye for telling detail and a deep understanding of the human heart. Readers will decide for themselves who the Beasts of Paris really are’ 

Adèle Geras

‘An absorbing, rich portrait of a city falling apart. Penney, who won the Costa Book of the Year Award for her novel The Tenderness of Wolves, draws her main characters, and Paris itself, with great skill and tenderness.’

The Times