Author(s): Diane Setterfield
Studious biographer Margaret Lea is shocked when she receives a letter from renowned novelist, Vida Winter. The inimitable Winter is aging and ill, and she beseeches Margaret to come to her home and hear her story. It is the unforgettable tale of the doomed and beautiful Angelfield family, and Lea is immediately as captivated by the account as she is by her extraordinary storyteller. But she is also skeptical, and becomes determined to discover how much of this tragic story is real. As Margaret gets closer to ascertaining the truth, she must also reconcile her own hidden family secrets. Beautifully atmospheric and haunting, this inspired first novel is reminiscent of classic works such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights , and is certain to take its place among them as a timeless masterpiece.
Won in a massive auction in the UK Rights sold all over the world for record sums 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 gothic richness The kind of novel loved by reading groups and Richard & Judy Taps into the current vogue for all things Victorian A debut in the hugely popular vein of THE HISTORIAN, THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and FINGERSMITH
Winner of Yorkshire Book of the Year 2007. Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2007.
'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
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.