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Once Upon A River - Diane Setterfield

Once Upon A River - Diane Setterfield

Books № 68 & 75 of an exclusive edition of 250 copies

Title: Once Upon A River

Author:  Diane Setterfield

ISBN:  9780857525659

Weight:  917g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing



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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

It was the longest night of the year when the strangest of things happened…

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger.  In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child.

Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes and breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

And who does the little girl belong to?

An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

Peer & Press Reviews

Once Upon a River is magical, in every which way… it’s the power of her storytelling that allows readers to suspend disbelief, and draws them through each tangled, dazzling chapter…  This riverine novel has the mood and feel of a ghost story told late into the night, and will win over readers who enjoy a touch of age-old enchantment.

Financial Times

I was completely spellbound by this book.  Numerous strands of the same story are skilfully woven into a magical web from which I, as a reader, had no desire to escape.  Setterfield’s prose is beautiful, dark and eerily atmospheric, and her rich cast of characters convincingly illustrate the best and worst of humanity.  Utterly brilliant!

Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

Her characters are so vivid, one feels as though one has met them, spent an evening in their company, telling stories around the hearth…  Setterfield is a master storyteller herself, giving us all the depth and plot and richness of the great narrative novelists.  This is dazzling, alive, all-consumer writing: one reads each page greedily, the beautiful sentences shining like jewels under the pulling current of the tale itself.

Daily Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Once Upon a River
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition comes from a small print run of just 250 copies commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in title page that confirms the book’s handwritten number.  This page also gives the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher, and the month / year of publication.

This exclusive edition has turquoise sprayed page edges and light blue and silver coloured decorative head and tail bands.

Available numbers Choice of 68 or 75 [of 250, subject to availability]
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2020 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Imprint: Doubleday
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13: 9780857525659
ISBN 10: 0857525654
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 416
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 162 x 40mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Susie Barker
Jacket design Sarah Whittaker / TW
Jacket illustration Sarah Whittaker / TW
Map Liane Payne

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