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The Butterfly Cabinet

by Bernie McGill

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The Butterfly Cabinet  is a dramatic, haunting and inforgettable novel that tells the tale of two women whose lives are entwined by an appalling tragedy at the end of the Victorian era. Inspired in part by the true story of events surrounding the death of the daughter of an aristocratic family in Ireland in the late 19th century, this is an enthralling and beautifully written debut.

The Butterfly Cabinet Synopsis

An unforgettable story of two women linked by their roles in a tragedy at the end of the Victorian era. When Anna, the young woman she cared for as a child, announces her intention to visit the elderly Maddie, Maddie recognises her last chance to unburden herself of a story that has gnawed at her for sixty years. For Maddie, rather like the butterfly cabinet she keeps safely under lock and key, has for too long guarded a secret: that of the day a four-year-old girl died at the big house where she worked as a nanny. Finally, Maddie knows, Anna is ready to hear what happened. As Maddie's mind drifts back through the years, so too is revealed the story of Charlotte's mother, Harriet Ormond. A proud, uncompromising woman, Harriet's great passion is collecting butterflies and pinning them under glass; motherhood comes no easier to her than her role as mistress of her remote Irish estate. When her daughter dies, her community is quick to judge her, and Harriet will not stoop to defend herself. But her journals reveal a more complex truth.

The Butterfly Cabinet Press Reviews

'Beautifully done and thoroughly absorbing'
Daily Mail

'An absorbing story of marriage, motherhood and murder'
Woman and Home

'An intense exploration of maternal love and guilt'
Financial Times

'Exceptionally accomplished'
Ulster Tatler

'Utterly compelling... a haunted tale, pitch perfect in tone'
Marie Claire

'Assured and very readable, holding plenty of promise for the future'
Irish Independent

'McGill has the ability to enter the brain and heart of her characters and so to make us sympathise with people who commit acts we abhor'
Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey

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ISBN: 9781472240217
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

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Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781472240217
Publication date: 6th October 2016
Author: Bernie McGill
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Bernie McGill

Bernie McGill has pursued a varied career in the arts, as a theatre manager, and most recently as a playwright. Her short stories have been shortlisted for numerous awards, and in 2008 her story 'Sleepwalkers' won the Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Contest. The Butterfly Cabinet is her first novel. Bernie lives in Portstewart, Nothern Ireland, with her family.

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