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Once Upon a River

by Diane Setterfield

Fantasy Historical Fiction

Once Upon a River Synopsis

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.

Once Upon a River Press Reviews

Once Upon a River is one of the most pleasurable and satisfying new books I've read in a long time. Setterfield is a master storyteller, her language flowing with a dark magic very like the river at the heart of her tale: swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful.

Give yourself a treat and read it!

-- Madeline Miller,Orange Prize-winning author of

The Song of Achilles and Circe

This is magical, bewitching story telling - and so cleverly structured...it possesses all those narrative values I have always cherished...: high prose expressed with rare clarity, story for the unashamed sake of story, a kind of moral dreaminess.

-- Jim Crace, author of Man Booker shortlisted Harvest

I was completely spellbound by this book. Numerous strands of the same story are skilfully woven into a magical web from which I, as a reader, had no desire to escape. Setterfield's prose is beautiful, dark and eerily atmospheric, and her rich cast of characters convincingly illustrate the best and worst of humanity. Utterly brilliant!

-- Ruth Hogan,bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things

Diane's masterful storytelling draws you in to a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing. It lures you into its depths and carries you along in its vividly evoked world.

-- M L Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans

Once Upon a River is a delight, just marvellous. I devoured it in gulps.

-- Jo Baker, bestselling author of Longbourn

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ISBN: 9780857525659
Publication date: 17/01/2019
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857525659
Publication date: 17th January 2019
Author: Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction, Historical mysteries, Myth & legend told as fiction,

About Diane Setterfield

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.

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