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The Stargazers

"With a crumbling manor at its heart, this stellar family drama saga spans the 20th-century to the present-day as it unveils sinister secrets and the nourishing love of a lifetime."

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Weaving an enthralling tale of recovery from childhood trauma and the tangled complexities of a dysfunctional family, Harriet Evans’ The Stargazers traverses the 1920s to the present-day to reveal how a woman finds freedom from childhood trauma through love. Thronging with mystery, the storytelling is characterful and alive with a richness of human experience. 

In 1922, in sprawling Fane Hall, eight-year-old Iris is often lonely, happiest outside in nature and under the stars, but also aware that her being a girl is a disappointment, for it means her uncle Clive will inherit Fane Hall. Once one of the finest houses in Sussex, with connections to the magician and astronomer Dr John Dee, it’s now falling apart.

Decades later, Iris’ daughter Sarah is struggling with the chaos created by Fane Hall - a desire to keep hold of the house unleashed a maniacal obsession in Iris. As the novel slips between multiple timelines, we witness how Sarah’s 1950s childhood was made traumatic by cruel, abusive, unstable Iris, with only music, an owl named Stella and the bohemian Bird Boy brightening her life through offering glimmers of an alternate starlit world.

In the 1970s, Sarah marries Daniel and moves into her own sprawling house in Hampstead. Struggling with the demands of the house and new motherhood, and having no time to devote to her beloved cello, she returns to Fane Hall and confronts Iris.

With a succession of jaw-dropping twists spiking the crescendo, The Stargazers teems with tension and unfolds with enthralling atmosphere, emotion and pace.

Joanne Owen

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