The Quick

The Quick

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You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first you must travel to Victorian Yorkshire, and there, on a remote country estate, meet a brother and sister alone in the world and bound by tragedy. In time, you will enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of some of the richest, most powerful men in fin-de-siecle England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide. It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, one of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of The Quick are revealed.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 162 x 243 x 46mm | 870g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0224096389
  • 9780224096386
  • 594,857

Review Text

"Energetically throwing together real history and gothic fantasy, Owen has produced a novel that is macabre, readable and atmospheric."
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Review quote

"A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre ... As soon as you have breathed with relief, much worse horrors begin. It's a skilled, assured performance, and it's hard to believe it is a first novel." -- HILARY MANTEL "A Gothic blockbuster." Independent "Energetically throwing together real history and gothic fantasy, Owen has produced a novel that is macabre, readable and atmospheric." -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times "A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist." -- KATE ATKINSON "Debut gothic mystery from a new British talent." -- Kate Figes Mail on Sunday
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About Lauren Owen

Lauren Owen is twenty-eight years old and grew up in the grounds of a boarding school in Yorkshire. Her first attempts at writing as a teenager were Harry Potter fan fiction. She is a graduate of St Hilda's, Oxford, holds an MA in Victorian Literature, is completing a PhD on Gothic writing and fan culture, and is the recipient of the UEA creative-writing programme's prestigious Curtis Brown Prize. The Quick is her first novel.
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Rating details

7,129 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 12% (844)
4 29% (2,098)
3 36% (2,589)
2 16% (1,169)
1 6% (429)
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