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A remarkable first novel . . . a riveting multi-layered mystery that twists and turns, and weaves a quite magical spell - Independent

Vastly entertaining - Daily Mail

An excellent emotional mystery which I found harder to put down every night! - Women's Own

Setterfield proves a mistress of the craft of storytelling - Guardian

Beautifully written - The Times

A compelling page-turner - Woman & Home

A remarkably compelling debut . . . extraordinary, unusual and atmospheric. The plot is razor-sharp - Scotland on Sunday

A real treat . . . like all the best first novels, this one seems to bulge with a lifetime's hoarded inspirations - Time Out --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"A book that you wake in the middle of the night craving to get back to . . . . Timeless, charming, a pure pleasure to read . . . . The Thirteeth Tale is a book to savor a dozen times."-- "The San Diego Union-Tribune"

"A compelling and emotional mystery about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling, and it captures you right from the very first page."-- "The Financial Times"

"A novel brimming with atmosphere and labyrinthine plotting that recalls the gothic-like chillers by Daphne du Maurier and Joyce Carol Oates, spiced with flavors reminiscent of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The language is rich, the elements intriguing."-- "The Sacramento Bee"

"A novel for book lovers."-- "Reader's Digest"

"A spellbinding story that grabs the reader from the opening pages."-- "Toronto Sun"

"A wholly original work told in the vein of all the best gothic classics. Lovers of books about book lovers will be enthralled."-- "Booklist"

"Cleverly plotted, beautifully written . . . . A remarkable first novel, a book about the joy of books, a riveting multi-layered mystery that twists and turns, and weaves a quite magical spell."-- "The Independent (UK)"

"Eerie and fascinating."-- "USA Today"

"Enchanting."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Pitch-perfect."-- "Entertainment Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN : B0068PHS5Q
  • Publisher : Orion (8 December 2011)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3545 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 484 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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WhatCathyReadNext
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric historical mystery with a Gothic feel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 November 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic tale set in Yorkshire
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 June 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic tale set in Yorkshire
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 June 2019
There’s lots to love about this book:

Set in a gothic house
Huge gardens with mysterious paths
Rural
An elderly author lives there as recluse
A biographer is invited to come and interview her about books…
The house has secrets in its walls…

This is one gripping and very visual novel. I’ve seen the adaptation on the TV but the book is so much more immersive and gothic. I would even say the mystery, sense of foreboding and gothic overtones consumed me whilst reading and I felt chills and thrills I’ve never felt before.
At its heart is a family mystery, one that weaves and wanders its way through your heart and the pages until its flourishing and wonderful reveals. It’s a book about the love of books, the wonder of reading and stories across time so any bibliophile out there is going to drink it in.
Vida Winters, the author in the story writes a letter (a handwritten letter!)to a biographer Margaret Lea as she finally wants to tell the truth. The truth about the house, family, stories and secrets within.
Margaret is intrigued about one book the author has written called
 Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation,but this only contains twelve stories... where is the thirteenth tale? (Cue chills on the back of my neck)

I don’t know why I haven’t reviewed it until now. Maybe I felt the time was right to revisit as I’ve just read it for the Nth time. This house, these characters are where I like to go and visit from time to time when I feel I need time alone.
Especially when there are lines like this:

“Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.”
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Rae Else
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2017
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its very best!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2020
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