Weaving. Healing. Haunting. The Top-Ten bestselling story of a mysterious boarding school sheltering a centuries-old secret...
Australian history teacher Thea Rust arrives at an exclusive boarding school in the British countryside only to find that she is to look after the first intake of girls in its 150-year history. She is to stay with them in Silk House, a building with a long and troubled past.
In the late 1700s, Rowan Caswell leaves her village to work in the home of an English silk merchant. She is thrust into a new and dangerous world where her talent for herbs and healing soon attracts attention.
In London, Mary-Louise Stephenson lives amid the clatter of the weaving trade and dreams of becoming a silk designer, a job that is the domain of men. A length of fabric she weaves with a pattern of deadly flowers will have far-reaching consequences for all who dwell in the silk house.
'The ghostly stories of three women who had all spent time at a mysterious boarding school are beautifully woven together in this spellbinding tale. An exceptional gothic mystery' Woman's Day
'A haunting, atmospheric novel that is near-impossible to put down' SALLY HEPWORTH
'This spellbinding story intertwines three strong, fearless women in the pursuit of fulfilling their dreams' Family Circle
'The stories of three fascinating women weave seamlessly together in this atmospheric book set against the sumptuous backdrop of the eighteenth-century silk trade... a mystery that is so compelling I found myself racing towards the final pages. Utterly spellbinding' NATASHA LESTER
A haunting, atmospheric novel that is near-impossible to put down - SALLY HEPWORTH
An elegantly woven ghost story that both chills and delights ... this evocative tale of mystery and secrets continued to haunt me long after I turned the last page - JOANNA NELL
Kayte Nunn has the gift of creating characters, stories and settings that become as cherished as old friends... This book is the best kind of escapism: thoughtful, colourful and meaningful - SOPHIE GREEN
Part ghost story, part mystery the pacing is excellent as the story unravels. Nunn skilfully develops a sense of foreboding and unease as she weaves in and out of the past and present. The story is enriched by historical detail, enhanced by its feminist themes, and enlivened by interesting characters. Atmospheric and intriguing, with gothic sensibilities, The Silk House is a finely written, spellbinding tale.
Kayte Nunn is a former book and magazine editor, and the author of five previous novels, including the international bestselling The Botanist's Daughter, The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant and The Silk House. The Botanist's Daughter was the 2020 winner of the Winston Graham Historical Fiction Prize. The Last Reunion is based on the experiences of the Women's Auxiliary Service (Burma) during the Second World War. Kayte lives in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. You can find Kayte at kaytenunn.com