Catherine House

Catherine House : The college that won't let you leave...

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'A delicious literary gothic debut' New York Times

During your three years at Catherine House, you will have no contact with those in the outside world.

You will not leave the grounds during your time at the college.

If we believe you have wandered from the path of learning, you may be sent to the tower.

Each of our students has been selected as someone who belongs here at Catherine. You will give to Catherine, and Catherine will give to you. We will not let each other down.

Catherine House is a university like no other. Into its celebrated world steps Ines, a young woman who welcomes the school's isolation rather than its illustrious past. As the gates close and Ines finds herself start to be inevitably seduced by its magnetic power, she also begins to realise the question isn't why she chose to come to Catherine House; but why Catherine House chose her.

'Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step' Washington Post

'Echoes of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go' Daily Mail
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160 x 238 x 34mm | 523g
  • Tinder Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472262433
  • 9781472262431
  • 380,768

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A delicious, diverse, genre-bending gothic, as smart as it is spooky -- Chloe Benjamin Catherine House is a deliciously sinister novel that bristles with an unsettling glamour. It's almost impossible not to be seduced by Elisabeth Thomas's beautiful writing and the intoxicating world she has created * Louise O'Neill * [A] delicious literary gothic debut * New York Times * Echoes of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go contribute an intriguing undercurrent to this unsettling gothic concoction * Daily Mail * This has to be one of the most gripping books I've read this year... The read feels claustrophobic, decadent, extreme and sad in equal measure, and I was amazed by the plot * Woman's Way * This suspenseful read is a terrific debut * Woman's Weekly * Gothic horror provides the architecture for an arrestingly strange melange of speculative fiction and teen trauma in this atmospheric debut novel . . . nibbling menace spurs the plot onwards * Observer * A brilliantly observed tale brimming with subtle malevolence. An atmospheric, hypnotic delight * Irenosen Okojie * Thomas's debut novel is a dark, delicious gothic read that hits all the right spots in the best way. If you want a book you can't put down for even a second, this is it * Forbes, 10 most anticipated books of 2020 * Spellbinding... Surreal imagery, spare characterization, and artful, hypnotic prose lend Thomas's tale a delirious air, but at the book's core lies a profound portrait of depression and adolescent turmoil. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History will devour this philosophical fever dream * Publisher's Weekly * Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step * Washington Post * Catherine House is a haunting, atmospheric reflection on the discovery of self and others. At times terrifying, always gorgeously captivating, Thomas' debut is one not to be missed, and perhaps to be revisited frequently * Booklist *
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About Elisabeth Thomas

Debut author Elisabeth Thomas grew up in Brooklyn, where she still lives and now writes. She graduated from Yale University and currently works as an archivist at a modern art museum.
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18,052 ratings
3.12 out of 5 stars
5 10% (1,764)
4 26% (4,649)
3 37% (6,756)
2 21% (3,706)
1 7% (1,177)
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