The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale

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By (author) Diane Setterfield

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Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once home to the March family - fascinating, manipulative Isabelle, brutal, dangerous Charlie, and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. But Angelfield House hides a chilling secret which strikes at the very heart of each of them, tearing their lives apart...Now Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield's past - and the mystery of the March family starts to unravel. What has Angelfield been hiding? What is its connection with the enigmatic writer Vida Winter? And what is the secret that strikes at the heart of Margaret's own, troubled life? As Margaret digs deeper, two parallel stories unfold, and the tale she uncovers sheds a disturbing light on her own life...

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Born in Berkshire, Diane Setterfield was educated at Theale Green Comprehensive School and Bristol University. Her degree in French literature led her to teach in universities in England and France, where she lived for several years. Diane's previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, specialising in the writings of Andre Gide. After returning to the UK, Diane ran a business teaching French to those intending to live in France. She lives in Oxford.

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By sarah 26 Jan 2011 5

I loved this story, once it got going I could not put it down. I was late for work twice because I was so entranced by the story I lost track of the time.

It is a story of sisters and secrets and eccentric English families

It is a little slow to get started I didn't really enjoy the Mopey character of Margret Lea very much but that didn't mater because the story of Angelfield House blows every thing else out of the water!

I have read it twice and I'm gearing up for a third. It is great

By figen 05 Oct 2009 5

This is one of the most riveting books I've read in a long time. A young woman growing up in a bookstore is asked to write a autobiography of a famous author and the story spirals from there as she listens to the tale spun by the famous writer and does her own research to dig out some horrifying facts. This is the kind of book where you just have to keep reading on to the next chapter.

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A fireside mystery with all the grisly trimmings -- Catherine Shoard Evening Standard This surprise bestseller is an enjoyably windswept story of incest, unnatural love and northern nastiness -- Emma Hagestadt INDEPENDENT highly accomplished...intriguing twists galore -- Katie Owen Daily Telegraph a captivating read FIRST A firesdie mystery with all the grisly trimmings LONDON LITE An involving and engrossing tale full of twists and turns...hard to put down! My Weekly riveting from start to finish THE LADY The Thirteenth Tale has all the ingredients of a gripping thriller with twists, turns and false leads to keep you guessing...a beautifully written and absorbing mystery WOMAN & HOME