Set In Stone

Set In Stone

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When Samuel Godwin, a young and naive art tutor, accepts a job with the Farrow family at their majestic home, little does he expect to come across such a web of secrets and lies. His two tutees are as different as chalk and cheese - the beautiful younger sister Marianne, full of flightiness and nervous imagination, and Juliana, oddly sensible and controlled. Assisted by their elusive governess, Charlotte Agnew, Samuel begins to uncover slowly why Marianne is so emotionally fragile. But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal - and lives all around are turned upside down as life and death combat each other for supremacy. Linda Newbery has written a novel in diary style, combining different voices and a different century with her usual brilliance and ease. These are characters full of the same passions as our own today, while living in a less familiar and fascinating time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 24mm | 250g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774014
  • 9780552774017
  • 558,045

About Linda Newbery

As a child Linda Newbery was a secret writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe. Now she is a published author of over forty books, mainly children's and teenage fiction. She has been shortlisted for many prestigious literary prizes and has won the Costa children's book award. Linda lives in an Oxfordshire village and enjoys yoga, gardening, walking and the cinema.show more

Review quote

"This novel calls to mind the writings of the Bronte sisters... despite or maybe because of the author seeming so unconcerned with current trends, this book works on every level. The plot is full of twists, the charcters are multi-dimensional, and the atmosphere of that grand Victorian house, with all its intrigue and hierarchy, is electric. Set in Stone is a gripping page-turner for children and adults alike" * Glasgow Herald * "An absorbing, thoughtful, jigsaw puzzle of a book... if its atmosphere is that of a Victorian mystery, the setting combines the richly imagined detail of a George Eliot novel with the grace and light of a Vuillard painting" -- Kate Agnew * Books for Keeps * "The protagonists' unreliable narratives keep readers on the edge of their seats as the shocking nature of their secret is gradually, teasingly revealed in this lyrical novel" -- Lesley Agnew * The Bookseller * "Linda Newberry has very successfully recreated the nineteenth century voice reminiscent of the Bronte's and Austen, and the element of mystery to be solved evokes the style of Wilkie Collins. The particular strength of this novel is the way in which the characters are drawn, each with their own story that leads the reader through the quagmire that is the Farrow family saga" * Writeaway! * "Exactly captures genteel Victorian diction and the seething lust, shame and cruelty beneath" * Independent *show more

Review Text

"This novel calls to mind the writings of the Bronte sisters... despite or maybe because of the author seeming so unconcerned with current trends, this book works on every level. The plot is full of twists, the charcters are multi-dimensional, and the atmosphere of that grand Victorian house, with all its intrigue and hierarchy, is electric. Set in Stone is a gripping page-turner for children and adults alike"show more

Back cover copy

When naive young artist, Samuel Godwin, is employed to tutor the wealthy Farrow girls, the enchanting Marianne and the troubled Juliana, in their imposing house Fourwinds he is initially unaware that he has stumbled into a web of deception. Soon, however, sinister questions arise that Samuel must find answers to, and together with the governess Charlotte he uncovers dark secrets about Fourwinds and its inhabitants which will have horrifying consequences for them all... 'Exactly captures genteel Victorian diction and the seething lust, shame and cruelty beneath' Independent 'Full of intrigue and deception ...Newbery writes with grace and immediacy' Daily Telegraphshow more

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567 ratings
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4 32% (184)
3 35% (197)
2 12% (68)
1 5% (28)
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