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Born in Berkshire, Diane Setterfield was educated at Theale Green Comprehensive School and Bristol University. Her degree in French literature led her to teach in universities in England and France, where she lived for several years. Diane's previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, specialising in the writings of André Gide. After returning to the UK, Diane ran a business teaching French to those intending to live in France. She lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, with her husband.
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 on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? 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.
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield’s debut, was one of the most exciting first novels since The Time Traveler’s Wife (and recently adapted for TV by the BBC). Bellman and Black is darkly, satisfyingly mysterious. Not quite as much a ghost story as the sub-title would imply it is still rich and gothic and very enjoyable.
October 2013 Book of the Month. Author of the impressive The Thirteenth Tale with another powerful historical novel with a strange twist and a certain amount of mythology about rooks! Set in Victorian England, it concerns the life of William Bellman who appears to sell his soul to Mephistopheles (Mr Black) and becomes obsessed with opening a massive mourning emporium in London; everything for funerals to suit every pocket. Gripping, strange, different and atmospheric, it is just right for Hallowe’en. The Lovereading view... The long-awaited new book from the author of The Thirteenth Tale is a macabre haunting Victorian story of love, loss and the mystery of death. A young boy by cruelly kills a rook with his catapult that sets off a tragic chain of events and a meeting in a graveyard with a mysterious stranger dressed in black. A mysterious, dark read that will leave a lasting impression. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Bellman & Black a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'If you want a creepy story, that will haunt you, one perfect, for a cold winters night, then let Dianne Setterfield's book, do it, Take a ride, on the back of a rook, into the world of Bellman & Black..' - Angela Rhodes. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Lovereading Debut of the Year 2007.Margaret Lea is approached by a world famous author, Vida Winter, to undertake her biography. Both their stories unfold with the book, beautifully told with a strong relationship developing between them. It’s a tale of real drama, only the author has spent her life inventing stories and, as a biographer, Margaret has to find the truth. This is a very fine novel indeed.
Margaret Lea is approached by a world famous author, Vida Winter, to undertake her biography. Both their stories unfold with the book, beautifully told with a strong relationship developing between them. Itâ€™s a tale of real drama, only the author has spent her life inventing stories and, as a biographer, Margaret has to find the truth. This is a very fine novel indeed.
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