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Once Upon a River Hardcover – 12 Jul 2018

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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: DOUBLEDAY UK (15 February 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857525654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857525659
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 24 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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"A story, no matter how cleverly it is structured, lives or dies on the vividness of its characters. Setterfield, a true storyteller, makes us care about all her players in this beguiling novel." (The Times)

"Exploring themes of storytelling, parenthood, science and society on the cusp of change, this is a richly evocative novel." (Observer)

"Diane Setterfield's debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, came out in 2006 to wide acclaim. She made her mark by delivering her own take on the classic romantic mystery novel, infused with the spirit of Jane Eyre, Rebecca and The Woman in White. Once Upon a River continues to demonstrate her mastery of the Gothic genre in a way that will appeal to modern readers...Setterfield knows how to make the words sing. It is worth taking a journey down the Thames with her." (Independent)

"Once Upon a River is magical, in every which way...it's the power of her storytelling that allows readers to suspend disbelief, and draws them through each tangled, dazzling chapter...This riverine novel has the mood and feel of a ghost story told late into the night, and will win over readers who enjoy a touch of age-old enchantment." (Financial Times)

"I was completely spellbound by this book. Numerous strands of the same story are skilfully woven into a magical web from which I, as a reader, had no desire to escape. Setterfield’s prose is beautiful, dark and eerily atmospheric, and her rich cast of characters convincingly illustrate the best and worst of humanity. Utterly brilliant!" (Ruth Hogan,bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things)

"Once Upon a River is one of the most pleasurable and satisfying new books I've read in a long time. Setterfield is a master storyteller, her language flowing with a dark magic very like the river at the heart of her tale: swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful. Give yourself a treat and read it!" (Madeline Miller,Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles and Circe)

"A satisfying, thickly characterised tale that plunges you into an evocatively realised historical setting. You care for its characters." (Sunday Times)

"A finely drawn cast and bravura storytellling." (Mail on Sunday)

"This is magical, bewitching story telling – and so cleverly structured…it possesses all those narrative values I have always cherished…: high prose expressed with rare clarity, story for the unashamed sake of story, a kind of moral dreaminess." (Jim Crace,author of Man Booker shortlisted Harvest)

"Once Upon a River is a delight, just marvellous. I devoured it." (Jo Baker, author of Longbourn)

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A spellbinding, multi-layered mystery set in the 19th Century around the Thames, brimming with folklore, suspense, science and romance, by the bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale, a 'mistress of the craft of storytelling' (Guardian)

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