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A surprising and hauntingly insightful story, that takes you gently by the hand on an intimate journey; emotionally, reflectively and in time. The author has the ability to weave the past, present and place in a beautiful, heartfelt dance. The fascinating premise merges the distance in time, essentially creating vividly real locations and bringing the past to life. It’s easy to become caught up in, to believe in and feel at one with the characters. This original and heartrending story twists your thoughts and feelings without ever losing the essence of compassion, empathy and optimism that permeates through its velvety depths, ensuring an entirely captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson

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Herring Girl by Debbie Taylor

Set in a Tyneside fishing village, Herring Girl moves effortlessly between 1898 and 2007 as twelve-year-old Ben finds himself the unlikely conduit for Annie, a herring girl who lived - and died - a century earlier. As Ben tries to unravel the puzzle of Annie's death, he is drawn irresistibly into her long-vanished world. Bringing the startling story of Annie's life and curious death vividly to life, this brilliantly realised historical mystery introduces a cast of unforgettable characters, and reveals how the secrets of our past are never too far away.


'Wonderful. Conjures up the past with such visceral intensity that you feel as if you are there.'
Sarah Dunant, author of The Birth of Venus

'A vividly imaginative, sensuous and atmospheric novel.'
Helen Dunmore, author of The Siege

'The resolution of the mystery is satisfying, as are the very real connections between the characters past and present. A great book for historical fiction readers.' Kirkus Reviews

'A great read'
WeightWatchers magazine

'A gripping story about how the past can never truly be lost. Extensively researched, even the more far-fetching coincidence's in Ben's life are given plausibility and her characters are lively and captivating'
We Love This Book

'This powerfully atmospheric novel absolutely enthralled me...I was utterly gripped...It's brilliantly plotted, beautifully written, full of memorable characters and steeped in so much local flavour you can almost taste the kippers'
Daily Mail

'Like nothing you've read before'
Grazia, one of the best big blockbusters

'Taylor is superb at voices from another, or any, age. Annie is utterly convincing... Ben too is a touching figure'

'Fascinating... A beautiful, skilled book and a thoroughly riveting read'
Northern Soul

About the Author

Debbie Taylor

Debbie Taylor is the founder and Editorial Director of Mslexia. She has worked as Editor at New Internationalist and Writing Women magazines and as a writer, research-er and project manager for many organisations, including Oxfam, Anti-Slavery, BBC 2, Channel 4, UNICEF and WHO. Her novels include The Fourth Queen and Hungry Ghosts. She lives in a decommissioned lighthouse at the mouth of the Tyne with her husband and daughter.

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Publication date

22nd January 2015


Debbie Taylor

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Oneworld Publications


480 pages


Historical Fiction
Crime / Mystery
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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