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.
- Hardback | 528 pages
- 162 x 243 x 46mm | 870g
- 03 Apr 2014
- Vintage Publishing
- Jonathan Cape Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
"Energetically throwing together real history and gothic fantasy, Owen has produced a novel that is macabre, readable and atmospheric."
"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
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.