Daughter of the House

by Rosie Thomas

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LoveReading View on Daughter of the House

One of our Books of the Year 2015.

August 2015 Book of the Month.

A heartfelt, lovely, interesting story set between 1910 and 1931, where a family with a difference, face everyday and extraordinary difficulties and conflicts. Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists however you don't need to read these two books in sequence to feel at home. The focus is Nancy, the daughter of the main characters from the prequel, at the start of the novel, Nancy is 12, she has a secret gift she calls ‘the Uncanny’ which is set to help but also to haunt her. Rosie Thomas covers complex emotions and feelings, yet writes with simplicity and clarity. Her engaging cast, from the occupants of the Victorian variety hall through to the higher echelons of society feel undeniably vibrant and real. Extremely readable, poignant and moving, this is an entertaining and enjoyable novel. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Daughter of the House Synopsis

The sequel to the stunning novel, THE ILLUSIONISTS, from the bestselling author of THE KASHMIR SHAWL

Born in to a theatrical background, Nancy Wix is not a woman to be held back by family or class. At a young age she discovered clairvoyant abilities that would change her whole life - from a boating accident that leaves three strangers dead, to visions of the Great War to come, Nancy strives to change her fate. When she meets an enigmatic and handsome young man, an opportunity arises to escape the life she seems destined to lead - but can she rely on a man who leads a double life, or must she look inside herself to break free? Daughter of the House is a superb slice of early twentieth century life, from pre-war suffragette movement, through the shell-shocked suffering of post-war Britain, through the age of spiritualism, the roaring twenties and beyond.

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Daughter of the House Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Barbara Goldie - 'Smell the greasepaint of the theatre, shiver at the chill of spiritualism, share the secrets of illicit affairs.  A great read!'
  • Ann Peet - 'Unusual, very readable novel with a 1920s setting.'
  • Sarah Jones - 'Nancy hopes for a society where women can be free to be themselves, but will she ever be comfortable being herself with her premonitions and an ability to communicate with the dead?'
  • Sarah Warbey - 'A thoroughly enjoyable historical tour de force that will delight all fans of The Illusionists.'
  • Ann Alderton - 'A compelling and beautifully written novel about the conflict between decadence and respectability in the early 20th century from the perspective of the psychic daughter of a music hall impresario.'
  • Lynne Rapson - 'An extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman - Nancy Wix - in the early 20th century when life was not always easy for independently minded women.'
  • Sue Burton - 'Rosie Thomas alway writes books that have you hooked from the beginning.  The main characters in this book are great and this is a good read and one which I would recommend.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'A book to keep you enthralled from the first to last pages.'
  • Judith Waring - 'I would definitely recommend this book to anyone as it's a very rich novel with it's insights into London life in the early twentieth century and it's very easy to read and get lost in.'
  • Lesley Hart - 'I wholly enjoyed Daughter of the House, despite not having read its prequel, The Illusionists. Nancy makes a dangerous enemy of Mr Feather who stalks her every move keeping the reader on a knife edge.'
  • Genevieve McAllister - 'Rosie Thomas has written a sweeping novel, which covers many years and touches on several topics including suffragism and spiritualism.'

Daughter of the House Press Reviews

Praise for THE ILLUSIONISTS:

'Love, seduction, magic and illusion collide as Rosie Thomas takes us on a spellbinding journey through an extremely shadowy world
Daily Express

'A brilliant Gothic mix of glitter and grime and so atmospheric you can almost see the pea-soupers'
Daily Mail

'Always engaging: a beautifully written novel that will magic you away to the seedy streets of turn-of-the-century London'
Stylist Praise for The Kashmir Shawl:

'A superbly researched and vivid evocation of wartime Kashmir and Ladakh'
Daily Mail

'A spellbinding tale. Beautifully written, honest and compassionate...a delight from start to finish'
Daily Express

'An epic tale...A complicated entanglement of family secrets, love during wartime and dangerous liaisons. For fans of Maggie O'Farrell'
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ISBN: 9780007512058
Publication date: 30/07/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007512058
Publication date: 30th July 2015
Author: Rosie Thomas
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas is the author of a number of celebrated novels, including the bestsellers The Kashmir Shawl, Sun at Midnight, Iris and Ruby and Constance. Once she was established as a writer and her children were grown, she discovered a love of travelling and mountaineering. She has climbed in the Alps and the Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally, spent time on a tiny Bulgarian research station in Antarctica and travelled the silk road through Asia. She lives in London.   Author photo © Sven Arnstein

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