Question What is the Witch Elm about?

The Witch Elm (2018), a mystery novel by American Irish author Tana French, narratives the travails of a confident and successful man whose life is shattered when he suffers a brutal beating during a home invasion incident.

Where does the Witch Elm take Place?

The Witch Elm takes place in Ireland, and is narrated in the first person. The novel is divided into 13 chapters. The narrator, Toby Hennessy, is also the main character.

Who narrated the Witch Elm?

Paul Nugent

Listening Length 22 hours and 7 minutes
Narrator Paul Nugent
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date October 09, 2018
Publisher Penguin Audio

Why is it called a Wych Elm?

Indeed the ‘wych’ in wych elm refers to its wood being pliant, and not to witches, who were said to shun elm trees. This characteristic made the wood largely unsuitable as a building material, nor does it make a good fuel. However, like alder wood, elm wood withstands wet conditions very well.

How does the Witch Elm end?

Hugo dies with the family around him. Toby returns to Ivy House. He blames himself for Hugo’s death—if he hadn’t told him the whole story, Hugo wouldn’t have confessed. There’s a funeral and Hugo is cremated.

Is wych elm rare?

Wych elm is rarely found as a tree, but is more common as a hedgerow shrub. This is a likely result of the ravaging effects of a recent wave of Dutch elm disease which has affected all of the UK’s elms, killing many mature trees and preventing new trees from growing.

Where does wych elm grow?

As a result of Dutch elm disease, wych elm is now rare. It usually grows in hilly or rocky woodlands, or beside streams and ditches. It is hardier than the English elm, so is found much further north and west, and in parts of Scotland.

What does a wych elm tree look like?

Wych Elm leaves are alternate, oval to elliptic and have a long pointed tip. The base of the blade is unequal. The dark green leaves have toothed edges and hairs on both sides. The upper surface of the leaves feels like fine sandpaper.