A superb family drama, full of secrets and betrayals, love and resentment. Two sisters return to the house of their grandmother, following her death, and while sorting out the family affairs the uncover secrets long held buried. A really absorbing read and an author to definitely keep an eye on.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010.
July 2010 Debut of the Month.
Voted the public's favourite TV Book Club Summer Read 2010.
Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 11 July 2010.
August 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.
July 2010 Editor's Choice.
You hold in your hands an extraordinary debut novel. The Legacy is a sweeping, multi-generational drama that moves from turn-of-the-century America to present day England. It immediately reminded me of one of my favourite novels: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.
Katherine's novel is a hauntingly beautiful, deeply satisfying read, exploring themes of individual and collective identity, of loss and of atonement. Most of all, it is a novel about two women from two different generations; the truths they hide, the lies they live, the secrets they uncover and the hidden ties that bind them.
I simply cannot wait to publish this absorbing ad unforgettable read. I hope you enjoy it.
Senior Commissioning Editor, Orion Books
The Legacy by Katherine Webb
In the bitter winter of 2009, following the death of their grandmother, Erica Calcott and her sister Beth return to Storton Manor, a grand and imposing Wiltshire house where they spent their summer holidays as children. When Erica begins to sort through her grandmother's belongings, she is flooded with memories of her childhood - and of her cousin, Henry, whose disappearance from the manor tore the family apart. Erica sets out to discover what happened to Henry - so that the past can be laid to rest, and her sister, Beth, might finally find some peace. Gradually, as Erica begins to sift through remnants of the past, a secret family history emerges; one that stretches all the way back to turn-of-the-century Oklahoma, to a beautiful society heiress and a haunting, savage land. As past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two terrible acts of betrayal - and the heart-breaking legacy left behind. THE LEGACY is an unforgettable, deeply satisfying story that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
This is a great yarn, spanning several generations, with neat twists and a surprising ending. PRIMA A bit of a saga that has it all - mystery, intrigue, history and a great big old house. -- Amanda Ross RADIO TIMES A haunting novel of betrayal WOMAN & HOME 'Brilliant and absorbing drama GOOD HOUSEKEEPING A hauntingly beautiful saga which has it all - mystery, intrigue, and history - with clever twists and turns, and a surprise ending. HENLEY STANDARD A real page turner of love, hate, empathy and how dealing with the demons can free you to face up to your fears. A great read. SOUTH WALES ARGUS
About the Author
Katherine Webb was born in Kent in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire. She was educated at a local comprehensive school and sixth form college, before reading History at Durham University. A childhood fascination with ruined castles and the secrets of the past has carried forward into her fiction, which incorporates historical story lines and explores how past events can reverberate in the present.
Since graduating from Durham in 1998, Katherine has had various day jobs – from kiln operator in a pottery, to waitress, librarian and seller of fairy costumes. In recent years she has worked in service as a housekeeper for high status families; in formal households where age-old structures of class behaviour are alive and well, uniforms are worn and staff are expected to be both invisible and omnipresent; and (currently) in pleasantly relaxed households with more up-to-date attitudes.
After a nomadic period in her twenties, having lived in London and Venice, Katherine has now settled in a cottage in the countryside near Newbury, Berkshire. DIY is more of a necessity than a hobby, and her other interests include cookery, running and horse riding.
Author photo © Andrew Morris
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