The Thirteenth Tale

Author(s): Diane Setterfield


Vida Winter, a bestselling yet reclusive novelist, has created many outlandish life histories for herself, all of them invention. Now old and ailing, at last she wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. Her letter to biographer Margaret Lea - a woman with secrets of her own - is a summons. Vida's tale is one of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family: the beautiful and wilful Isabelle and the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline. Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytelling, but as a biographer she deals in fact not fiction and she doesn't trust Vida's account. As she begins her researches, two parallel stories unfold. Join Margaret as she begins her journey to the truth - hers, as well as Vida's.


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Won in a massive auction in the UK Rights sold all over the world for record sums (38 territories sold) An international bestseller which began with the US hardback going straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list Movie rights sold to Heyday Films, makers of the Harry Potter films, who have commissioned Christopher Hampton to write the script A timeless book - for book lovers and anyone who loves great storytelling The Brontes meet Daphne du Maurier - by an author with an imagination of tremendous richness The kind of novel loved by reading groups and Richard & Judy Taps into the current vogue for all things Victorian A novel in the hugely popular vein of THE HISTORIAN, THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE and FINGERSMITH Today's debut will be tomorrow's classic

Winner of Yorkshire Book of the Year 2007. Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2007.

Diane Setterfield is in her early forties. Having spent time in France, she now lives in Harrogate. Her background is an academic one. Her previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, especially the works of Andre Gide.

General Fields

  • : 9780752875736
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : Orion Fiction
  • : 0.753
  • : September 2006
  • : 234mm X 153mm X 33mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Diane Setterfield
  • : Hardback
  • : 823.92
  • : 416