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    The Thirteenth Tale (Hardback) By (author) Diane Setterfield

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    DescriptionWhen Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny.All children mythologize their birth...So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist.The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself -- all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. She summons biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter's story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission.As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytelling but remains suspicious of the author's sincerity. She demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves. The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.


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    Title
    The Thirteenth Tale
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Diane Setterfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 406
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743298025
    ISBN 10: 0743298020
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 813/.6
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 60
    B&T Approval Code: P25900000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PR6119.E86 T48 2006
    Publisher
    Atria Books
    Imprint name
    Atria Books
    Publication date
    12 September 2006