A Half-forgotten Song by Katherine Webb
1937. In a village on the Dorset coast, fourteen-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing - until the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey, his exotic mistress and their daughters, changes everything. Over the next three summers, Mitzy sees a future she had never thought possible, and a powerful love is kindled in her. A love that grows from innocence to obsession; from childish infatuation to something far more complex. Years later, a young man in an art gallery looks at a hastily-drawn portrait and wonders at the intensity of it. The questions he asks lead him to a Dorset village and to the truth about those fevered summers in the 1930s ...
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'From turning the first page I was gripped! Sending me on a rollercoaster ride of intricate twists & turns leaving me wanting more...Katherine Webb has turned a work of fiction into a palette of literary delight!' - Stacey Perry - Click here to read the full review.
'The book was fantastic with a plot that twists and turns between past and present and engages the reader right up to the end of the book. I found the book was difficult to put down and thoroughly enjoyed the read. I eagerly await the next book by Katherine Webb.' - Jane Pepler - Click here to read the full review.
'A Half Forgotten Song by Katherine Webb is a slow burning, intriguing novel...This is a perfect winter read, spooky and atmospheric, so curl up and enjoy!' - Natasha Way - Click here to read the full review.
'This is one of those rare and delightful novels in which you become completely engrossed and are captivated both by the story and the characters. I enjoy dual time frame stories and this is one of the best I have read at interweaving the two parts...' - Berwyn Peet - Click here to read the full review.
'This book so far is definitely one on of my favourite novels that I have read in the last few months. It was a great page turner and a mesmerising read for me. I will certainly be reading this book again in the near future, and doesn’t happen very often. Don’t just take my word for it, go and get your copy now, you won’t be disappointed.' - Manisha - Click here to read the full review.
'Brooding, enthralling, mesmerising the story reaches a dramatic climax as devious and murderous actions are revealed and Mitzi lies for one last time in the bed of Charles Aubrey. I absolutely loved this haunting, powerful, evocative dual time frame novel. It was a real treat.' - Joan Hill - Click here to read the full review.
'This book is a real page turner, exciting, dark and passionate. It pulls you from the very beginning and never let's go to the last page.' Noreen Allen - Click here to read the full review.
'One to enjoy on a cold Sunday afternoon, curled up by the fire. It's a hauntingly, evocatively written tale with a melancholy undertone...A thoroughly memorable read.'- Melanie Graham - Click here to read the full review.
'A Half Forgotten Song is a compelling tale of obsession, love and haunting secrets...Tension is gradually built throughout the narrative, cumulating in an incredibly moving, atmospheric ending.'- Emily Wright - Click here to read the full review.
'In A Half Forgotten Song, Katherine Webb has weaved a tale spanning generations; their loves and losses, their overwhelming secrets.' - Nikki Clark - Click here to read the full review.
'This story grips you from the start and whilst it is a tale of love and family it has at times quite a dark and eerie sense to it. Katherine has a wonderful way of describing her setting with great detail so that you can see, feel, and smell everything as the story develops.' - Samantha Lewis - Click here to read the full review.
'With veiled truths and fishy tales, this story shows the relentless power of a passion near madness: that feverish hypnotic force that stalks a 'long ago' place with little reason why. No longer adrift, or drowning, but immersed in Katherine's 'langue de la mer,' under, over, through the waves a mermaid, I watch and from the vastness of my under current world, I hold a seashell and simply hear the song. Fantastico.... I love it. maximum stars.' - Eva Le Bon
'Set in a small South Devon village the author brings the area into your home making you feel you are actually there. The story of Mitzy is entwined in other peoples lives throughout the book. As the story unfolds her obsessive love, her dreams, pain and sorrow, from youth to her declining years is compelling reading.'- A Tuckett
'Set mainly in Dorset but does not evoke the typical Thomas Hardy scenes of the county. From Bath in the present day to a coastal village in Dorset really vivid scenes are depicted unfortunately, almost all of the characters are really unlikeable.' - Joy Bosworth - Click here to read the full review.
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.
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