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The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A beautiful new edition of Diane Setterfield's bestselling gothic mystery - a No.1 New York Times bestseller which has been published in 38 countries, and developed into a major BBC film starring Olivia Colman

'Simply brilliant' Kate Mosse, international bestselling author of Labyrinth

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Everybody has a story...

Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten.

It was once home to the March family: fascinating, manipulative Isabelle; brutal, dangerous Charlie; and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. But the house hides a chilling secret which strikes at the very heart of each of them, tearing their lives apart...

Now Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield's past, and its mysterious connection to the enigmatic writer Vida Winter. Vida's history is mesmering - a tale of ghosts, governesses, and gothic strangeness. But as Margaret succumbs to the power of her storytelling, two parallel stories begin to unfold...

What has Angelfield been hiding? What is the secret that strikes at the heart of Margaret's own, troubled life? And can both women ever confront the ghosts that haunt them...?

The Thirteenth Tale is a spellbinding mystery, a love letter to storytelling, and a modern classic.

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Praise for The Thirteenth Tale

  • A remarkable first novel . . . a riveting multi-layered mystery that twists and turns, and weaves a quite magical spell - Independent

  • Vastly entertaining - Daily Mail

  • An excellent emotional mystery which I found harder to put down every night! - Women's Own

  • Setterfield proves a mistress of the craft of storytelling - Guardian

  • Beautifully written - The Times

  • A compelling page-turner - Woman & Home

  • A remarkably compelling debut . . . extraordinary, unusual and atmospheric. The plot is razor-sharp - Scotland on Sunday

  • A real treat . . . like all the best first novels, this one seems to bulge with a lifetime's hoarded inspirations - Time Out

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Diane Setterfield

Born in Berkshire, Diane Setterfield was educated at Theale Green Comprehensive School and Bristol University. Her degree in French literature led her to teach in universities in England and France, where she lived for several years. Diane's previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, specialising in the writings of Andre Gide. After returning to the UK, Diane ran a business teaching French to those intending to live in France. She lives in London.

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