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Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father's antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain's most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise - she doesn't know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter's dozens of novels.

Late one night, while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter's personal story, Margaret begins to read her father's rare copy of Miss Winter's Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.

As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter's account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets. As well as the ghosts that haunt them still.

About the Author

Diane Setterfield is in her early forties. Having spent time in France, she now lives in Harrogate. Her background is an academic one. Her previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, especially the works of André Gide.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385662857
Publisher:
Anchor Canada
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Author:
Diane Setterfield
Subject:
fiction;mystery;twins;gothic;england;novel;books about books;sisters;ghosts;family;british;suspense;secrets;authors;historical fiction;writers;literature;contemporary fiction;storytelling;contemporary;jane eyre;writing;yorkshire;family secrets;literary fi
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070925
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.35 x 5.85 x 1.05 in .95 lb

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