Once Upon a River
by Diane Setterfield
✅ Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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Eye-catching and multi-faceted, the latest novel by the author of The Thirteenth Tale brings together a winning cast of characters around the meanders of the river Thames, each involved in a mystery that will reopen old wounds and lays to rest unburied ghosts. There is much to enjoy in Setterfield the ability to turn a deeply satisfying and rich story, and Once Upon a River has the right balance between the sweet and the bitter, with an intelligent and satisfying playfulness with the traditions of storytelling itself. It is a novel that reminds you why we all tell stories and why they continue to matter. Our Fiction Book of the Month for September 2019 is a dark winter night in an old inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door opens and in steps an accident the foreign. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl moves, takes a breath and comes back to life. Is it a miracle? Is the magic? And who does the child belong? Exquisitely crafted multi-layer of mystery and folklore, suspense, and romance, as well as with the urgency and the scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as rich in atmosphere as Setterfield’s bestseller, The Thirteenth Tale.
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