The Quick

The Quick

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You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first, reader, you must travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother and sister alone in the world, a pair bound by tragedy. You will, in time, enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of the richest, most powerful men in England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide. It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, a world of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of The Quick are revealed. "Sly and glittering". (Hilary Mantel). "Impossible to resist". (Kate Atkinson).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 33mm | 417g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099569973
  • 9780099569978
  • 194,321

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 Sundayshow more

About Lauren Owen

Lauren Owen was born in 1985 and grew up in the grounds of an old country house in Yorkshire. Her first attempts at writing as a teenager were Harry Potter fan fictions. 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 Curtis Brown Prize for best writer on the UEA creative-writing programme. The Quick is her first more

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"Debut gothic mystery from a new British talent."show more

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6,788 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 12% (804)
4 29% (1,998)
3 36% (2,458)
2 17% (1,121)
1 6% (407)
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