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Description - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Vida Winter, a bestselling yet reclusive novelist, has created many outlandish life histories for herself, all of them invention. Now old and ailing, at last she wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life.

Her letter to biographer Margaret Lea - a woman with secrets of her own - is a summons. Vida's tale is one of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family: the beautiful and wilful Isabelle and the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline.

Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytelling, but as a biographer she deals in fact, not fiction, and she doesn't trust Vida's account. As she begins her research, two parallel stories unfold, and the tale she uncovers sheds a troubling light on her own life...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752881676
ISBN-10: 0752881671
Format: Paperback / softback
(201mm x 137mm x 29mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - Reviewed by (27 May 2011)

Written in a similar style to Kate Morton’s novels, Diane Setterfield's debut novel “The Thirteenth Tale” is one of mystery, suspense and intrigue.

Summoned by the highly acclaimed author Vida Winter to write her autobiography, Kate Lea is drawn into the world of Angelfield House, once the home of the March twins, Adeline and Emmeline March.

Angelfield House is now in ruins, inhabited only by the ghosts of the past and the secrets it holds.

Why was Kate Lea bidden to Vida Winter to write her autobiography? What is Miss Winter’s connection to Angelfield House and the March twins? What is the terrible secret that is held within the shell of Angelfield House?

Whilst reading the book there are many times when you think you have worked out the ending, however, at every turn of the page you are thrown into a new direction which keeps you guessing.

A well written mystery, The Thirteenth Tale kept me entertained and captivated from start to finish. On the back of the book Cosmopolitan wrote “Start reading this on the bus and, I swear, you won’t only miss your stop, you might even lose the whole day”. I can say that twice, whilst reading this book on the bus, I only just looked up in time to get my stop!


Author Biography - Diane Setterfield

Diane Setterfield is in her early forties. Having spent time in France, she now lives in Harrogate. THE THIRTEENTH TALE is her first novel.

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