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The House on Vesper Sands Hardcover – 18 October 2018

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W&N; 1st edition (18 October 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1474600395
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1474600392
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.2 x 3.6 x 21.8 cm
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The House on Vesper Sands is tremendously good - and tremendously good fun - Observer

A gloriously unorthodox confection, part Wilkie Collins, part Conan Doyle, with a generous handful of police procedural and a splash of Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm. Both disquietingly eerie and impossible to read without laughing out loud ... A cracking good read. - Guardian

Charles Dickens is whirling enviously in his grave ... Brilliantly written, compelling and satisfying in so many ways. It demands to be read by a fire on a cold winter evening (but make sure the doors are locked before you begin). I only wish it had been twice as long. - Irish Times

The most vivid and compelling portrait of late Victorian London since The Crimson Petal and the White

Witty, immersive, chock full of atmosphere and setting (hello Victorian London), three-dimensional characters, an addictive plot and snappy dialogue, The House On Vesper Sands has everything you want it in a novel. If you're stuck for a book to buy this Christmas, then this could well be it. - Stylist

Clever and funny and exquisitely disturbing, an utter joy - Joanna Cannon

I'm not completely sure what the word 'rollicking' means, but I can personally guarantee that The House on Vesper Sands is a rollicking good read. For a novel about grief, estrangement, and the literal stealing of vulnerable young women's souls, this book is a lot more fun than it has any right to be. Paraic O'Donnell's sheer love of his characters is exuberant and infectious; the dialogue crackles with verve and wit, and the plotting is as intricately satisfying as a heavy pocket watch. The setting may be Victorian , but in modern parlance this novel is an absolute banger

A mash-up of Victoria Gothic and fantasy, this is huge fun - Daily Mail

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'Tremendously good' Observer
'The most vivid and compelling portrait of late Victorian London since The Crimson Petal and the White' Sarah Perry
'Part Wilkie Collins, part Conan Doyle' Guardian
'Has everything you could want in a novel' Stylist
'Dickens is whirling enviously in his grave. Read by a fire on a cold winter evening' Irish Times

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