The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden

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On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned after a gruelling ocean voyage from England to Australia. All she can remember of the journey is that a mysterious woman she calls the Authoress had promised to look after her. But the Authoress has vanished without a trace.


Now an old lady, Nell travels to England to discover the truth about her parentage. Her quest leads her to Cornwall, and to a beautiful estate called Blackhurst Manor, which had been owned by the Mountrachet family. What has prompted Nell's journey after all these years?


On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into a surprise inheritance. Cliff Cottage, in the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, is notorious amongst the locals for the secrets it holds - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is at Cliff Cottage, abandoned for years, and in its forgotten garden, that Cassandra will uncover the truth about the family and why the young Nell was abandoned all those decades before.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 40mm | 356g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330456962
  • 9780330456968
  • 14,336

About Kate Morton

Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and young sons
in London. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specializing in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels.

Kate has sold over ten million copies of her novels in thirty-three languages, across thirty-eight countries. The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours and The Secret Keeper have all been number one bestsellers around the world. Each novel won the Australian Book Industry award for General Fiction Book of the Year.
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208,837 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
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4 40% (83,013)
3 16% (33,835)
2 3% (7,080)
1 1% (2,759)

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Kate Morton is Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl for grown-ups. While she doesn't write about magic faraway trees or boys who live in giant peaches, she has a gift for storytelling that sweeps you up into the lives of her characters and their worlds. Morton has written three books to date - The Shifting Fog / The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden and The Distant Hours. Each book is set in the grand manor houses of early 20th century England. Present day events become loose threads that unravel the long-held secrets contained within their walls. I loved all three books so much I can't pick a favourite and I recommend them all. You can read more of my book recommendations at www.thereadingexperiment.comshow more
by Louise Marsh
I really enjoyed this book about a little girl put on a boat to Australia, and left alone. We don't know why or who she is waiting for. She has a bang on the head and forgets who she is and the adventure begins to find out. The book jumps between 1913, 1975 and 2005 and the story untwines as we go along. Lots of twists and turns, and a surprise at the end. I read 'The House at Riverton by the same autor, which was good, but I really was gripped by 'The Forgotten Garden', and look forward to her next more
by Penny Cunningham
Just finished this wonderful book. It took me on a journey which I thoroughly loved. There was a little bit of everything. Loved the characters and the imagery. Highly recommend this one :)show more
by Kylie Gosbell
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