The Uninvited Guests

The Uninvited Guests

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A sinister tale of haunting beauty, from The Outcast author Sadie Jones.

She was obeying a prompt, an instinct: the instinct that makes a dog lying by the fire tremble of a sudden, and whimper, when there is no one near to see.

The cake is iced. The wine decanted. The house gleams invitingly. But as Sterne prepares for Emerald Torrington's birthday supper, who are the pale strangers struggling silently up the drive?

A supernatural comedy and spellbinding thriller, The Uninvited Guests strips away the respectable layers of Edwardian society to reveal the dark secrets beneath.

'What a delicious read! Like something written by a wicked Jane Austen. Passing like a spring fever, here is a fairy tale that stays with you long after it is gone.' Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 27mm | 494g
  • CHATTO & WINDUS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0701186712
  • 9780701186715
  • 496,351

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Cooly playful...the luscious prose is precisely steered
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The Uninvited Guests is at once a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class. It is so well-written, so intricately plotted, that every page delivers some new astonishment. It is a brilliant novel -- Ann Patchett, author of 'State of Wonder' Dazzlingly well-written. The style is exuberant and extremely funny. This is a midsummer's night dream of a book, mythic and unforgettable * Financial Times * Cooly playful...the luscious prose is precisely steered -- Helen Dunmore * Guardian * Jones exhibits the attention to detail for which she has previously been praised, and her descriptions are memorable. The Uninvited Guests is a bizarre and exuberant comedy of manners, combining elements of romance with those of the carnival...it is a great deal of fun, and a welcome alternative to more traditional country-house dramas -- Hannah Rosefield * Literary Review * What a delicious read! Like something written by a wicked Jane Austen, here is love and error in a ramshackle manor house complete with railway survivors, a birthday party and a pony. I was completely captivated by its madcap nature and then, utterly unprepared for the strange fruit that the story became. Passing like a spring fever, here is a fairy tale that stays with you long after it is gone. I couldn't put it down -- Sarah Blake, author of 'The Postmistress'
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About Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, The Outcast ('Devastatingly good', Daily Mail) won the Costa First Novel Award in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. It was also a Richard and Judy Summer Reads number one bestseller and adapted for BBC Television. Her second novel, Small Wars ('Outstanding', The Times; 'One of the best books about the English at war ever', Joel Morris), was published in 2009, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her third, in 2012, was The Uninvited Guests ('A shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class... a brilliant novel', Ann Patchett) followed by Fallout in 2014 ('Intoxicating and immersive', The Sunday Times).
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8,260 ratings
2.96 out of 5 stars
5 7% (555)
4 23% (1,919)
3 38% (3,142)
2 23% (1,901)
1 9% (743)
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