Margot Livesey

Books Amanda Urban, +1 212 556 5600 Email Amanda Urban

The Boy in the Field

book | Fiction | Aug 2020
US & Canada → HarperCollins (Ed. Jennifer Barth)
UK & Comm → Sceptre (Ed. Emma Herdman)

"Margot Livesey is a searingly intelligent writer at the height of her powers." — Jennifer Egan

"luminous, unforgettable, and perfectly rendered." —Dennis Lehane 

One September afternoon in 1999, teenagers Matthew, Zoe, and Duncan Lang are walking home from school when they discover a boy lying in a field, bloody and unconscious. Thanks to their intervention, the boy’s life is saved. In the aftermath, all three siblings are irrevocably changed. 

Matthew, the oldest, becomes obsessed with tracking down the assailant, secretly searching the local town with the victim’s brother. Zoe wanders the streets of Oxford, looking at men, and one of them, a visiting American graduate student, looks back. Duncan, the youngest, who has seldom thought about being adopted, suddenly decides he wants to find his birth mother. Overshadowing all three is the awareness that something is amiss in their parents’ marriage.

Over the course of the autumn, as each of the siblings confronts the complications and contradictions of their approaching adulthood, they find themselves at once drawn together and driven apart.


Audio Rights


Film Rights


Contact Amanda Urban for more information

Sophie Baker manages the translation rights for The Boy in the Field


Written in elegant, spare prose, this story flies swiftly forward from the transfixing opening pages. A charming, complicated family dynamic, a twist of eerie magic.

Tessa Hadley

Luminous . . . Livesey's language is crystalline-clear and immersive, replete with vibrant imagery

Boston Globe

The kind of book you ration yourself reading because you don’t want to get to the end. A gripping, beautifully written novel showing the light and shade of modern family life

Daily Mail

Amanda Urban
+1 212 556 5600
Email Amanda Urban
Karolina Sutton
+44 (0)20 7393 4428
Email Karolina Sutton
Translation Rights
Sophie Baker
+44 (0)20 7393 4425
Email Sophie Baker