The Thirteenth Tale
Margaret Lea gets a letter from one of the most famous authors of the day, the mysterious Vida Winter, whose popularity as a writer has been in no way diminished by her reclusiveness. Somewhat anxiously, the equally reclusive Margaret travels to Yorkshire to meet her subject - and Vida starts to tell her tale. It is one of gothic strangeness featuring the March family; her mother, the beautiful and wilful Isabelle, who had a powerful hold on her father and brother, and the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline. But as a biographer she deals in fact not fiction, and she doesn't entirely trust Vida's account. She goes to check up on the family, visit their old home and piece together the story in her own way. What she discovers on her journey to the truth chills the blood ...
- 126 x 143 x 25mm | 221g
- 18 Oct 2006
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
- Abridged edition
'a wonderful, elegantly resolved story... One reason why the novel is particularly enjoyable as an audiobook is the way that Setterfield writes: it is as if she is telling a story aloud...The second reason why this is so enjoyable is that the narrator, Juliet Stevenson, shows great sensitivity to its eloquent rhythm... Stevenson says. "I love inhabiting the psyches of so many people - it's far beyond the scope offered in theatre or film."' -- Christina Hardyment THE TIMES 'Juliet Stevenson's sensationally good reading of THE THIRTEENTH TALE. This brilliant first novel by Diane Setterfield has a story within a story as Vida Winter, a reclusive bestselling author, recounts her life as one of the wild and beautiful Angelfield girls to Margaret Lea, her chosen biographer. Both storyteller and listener have secrets to hide and Setterfield weaves a tale as complex and gripping as anything Christie or du Maurier might have written. Perfect winter listening.' -- Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS 'the writing is powerfully unafraid of the erotic or the sadistic and the intricate plot is satisfyingly - and unpredictably - unravelled. Juliet Stevenson reads it superbly. At the end she can be heard in conversation with the author, discussing the joys of such work, her sensitivity to rhythm and to character, her sense of loss when it's finished. If Setterfield's book is a rich Dundee cake, Stevenson's reading is the elaborate and beautiful icing on top.' -- Sue Gaisford THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Diane Setterfield's compelling mystery of family secrets and the magic of books, is not to be missed - not least because of another winning performance by Juliet Stevenson' -- Vidar Hjardeng DISABILITY NOW
About Diane Setterfield
Ranked among Great Britain's most esteemed stage actresses, Juliet Stevenson also lends her talent to film and television productions. A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she first made waves in classical theatre in the early '80s. Her most acclaimed film role was in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991). Aside from starring in such films as Nicholas Nickleby and Bend It Like Beckham, she is a very experienced reader of audiobooks, having read titles from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie. She has also read I, Coriander for Orion. Diane Setterfield's background is an academic one - she has specialised in nineteenth and twentieth century French literature.