The Tulip Tree

Suzanne McCourt

A vivid, immersive, historical saga from beloved author Suzanne McCourt.

Brothers Henryk and Adam Radecki’s relationship is one of fraught love and jealously. Henryk, unhappily married, becomes a rich and successful industrialist, while Adi, a devoted vet, finds and loses love. Their bond is tested throughout their lives, from the 1920s, against the background of Poland’s tragic and tumultuous relationship with Russia, until 1954 in the Snowy Mountains of Australia.

Family secrets constantly threaten to pull their lives apart, as Adi’s wife Ela and son Stefan provide a dramatic twist to this riveting tale. Caught up in momentous events, McCourt’s characters reveal the power of the moral choices we make in our lives.

Beautifully written, full of the detail of everyday life, its joys and suffering, The Tulip Tree is engrossing historical fiction at its very best, a profoundly moving story of love, sacrifice and loyalty.

‘A haunting tale of family life, identity and coming-of-age from an author who writes with a vivid sense of time and place.’ Launceston Examiner

- Launceston Examiner on The Lost Child

‘A remarkable ability to discover within the most concrete details a rich and raw emotion…a novel that is at once familiar and entirely fresh.’

- Weekend Australian on The Lost Child

‘Gripping and at times heart-wrenching…will keep you turning the pages.’ Big Book Club

- Big Book Club on The Lost Child


Suzanne McCourt

Suzanne McCourt’s debut novel, The Lost Child, was published by Text in 2014 and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. She lives in Melbourne.

Text Publishing

Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Text has been awarded the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year three times and won the Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

The Tulip Tree