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The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill
  

The Butterfly Cabinet

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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.

Synopsis

The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill

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.

Reviews

'Beautifully done and thoroughly absorbing'
Daily Mail

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

About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

9th June 2011

Author

Bernie McGill

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www.berniemcgill.com/

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755370702

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