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The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

Title: The Thirteenth Tale

Author:  Diane Setterfield

ISBN:  9780752875736

Weight:  990g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Thirteenth Tale by 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

A remarkably compelling debut…  This is an extraordinary, unusual and atmospheric story with a sense of timelessness about it.  It is rare to be able to smell a book as well as read it, but this one is steeped in the aroma of old houses in remote places with strange faded furnishings and little natural light.  It will appeal to anybody with a love of literature and a passion for the feel and smell of old books.

Scotland On Sunday

This is a compelling and emotional mystery about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling, and it captures you right from the very first page… this is a page turner in every sense of the word.

Financial Times

This surprise bestseller is an enjoyably windswept story of incest, unnatural love and northern nastiness.

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Thirteenth Tale
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page (note: signed using first name only - Diane)
Book Stats
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Imprint: Orion
Media adaptation: Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton adapted the book for TV.  James Kent directed the film, which starred Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman.  It first aired on BBC Two on 30 December 2013.
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780752875736
ISBN 10: 0752875736
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 408
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 163 x 39mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Paul Stuart
Jacket photograph: Giuliana Casarotti
Jacket lettering: Stephen Raw

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