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 242 x 49mm | 876g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0224096389
  • 9780224096386
  • 703,500

Review Text

A Gothic blockbuster.
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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

8,525 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 12% (989)
4 29% (2,512)
3 37% (3,121)
2 16% (1,393)
1 6% (510)
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