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Bone China

by Laura Purcell

Bone China Synopsis

'Laura is a masterful writer, her deliciously gothic stories so skilfully woven that you can't get them out of your head even if you wanted to' Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars A Daphne Du Maurier-esque chiller set on the mysterious Cornish coast from the author of The Silent Companions and The Corset Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last...

Bone China Press Reviews

A brilliantly atmospheric and chilling tale and I raced through the pages hardly daring to find out what would happen next! Laura's characters and the world they inhabit are compelling, unsettling and richly drawn. A fabulous tale! -- Ruth Hogan, author of 'The Keeper of Lost Things' So many books are hyped up as being the next Jamaica Inn or the next Rebecca, but Bone China really is, and I think Queen Daphne might have to hand over the crown to Queen Laura. The research was just exquisite ... A cut above anything else I've read this year -- Natasha Pulley, author of 'The Watchmaker of Filigree Street' If Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte had a love-child, it would be Laura Purcell. Bone China is a deliciously creepy novel full of rambling houses, storm-soaked nights, sinister secrets and hidden agendas that kept me turning the pages -- Lorna Cook, author of 'The Forgotten Village' I absolutely loved it. Sublime gothic atmosphere, completely gripping story and I honestly didn't expect it to hit me so hard emotionally. It's not just that I couldn't put it down, I just couldn't let go of those characters -- Martyn Waites, author of 'The Old Religion' This is an absolute treat, all wrapped up in Laura Purcell's gorgeous and compelling prose. I would very happily be pixy-led for days through the pages of this book! -- Alison Littlewood, author of 'A Cold Season' Menacing, macabre and utterly gripping. Laura Purcell has done it again -- Essie Fox, author of 'The Last Days of Leda Grey' I absolutely loved it! I raced through it, transfixed, as the gloomy and atmospheric Morvoren House offered up its chilling secrets. Laura spins her plot with all the mischievous cunning of a Cornish Fairy -- Sonia Velton, author of 'Blackberry and Wild Rose' Praise for The Corset: A classic Victorian tale of murder most foul, twisted with a curious supernatural thread ... chilling * Stylist * A contender for my Book of the Year. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, a masterpiece -- Sarah Hilary A compelling slice of early Victorian gothic ... An evocative portrait of a society that punishes women who dare to contravene social norms * Guardian * Intricate, atmospheric and chilling - with a wonderfully dark premise at its heart * Woman & Home * Brilliant, spine chillingly clever, a fabulously suspenseful tale that will seduce you utterly with its twists and turns -- Professor Kate Williams, author of 'Rival Queens'

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526602534
Publication date: 19th September 2019
Author: Laura Purcell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Categories: Historical fiction, Horror & ghost stories, Historical romance,

About Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Her first novel for Bloomsbury, The Silent Companions, was a Radio 2 and Zoe Ball ITV Book Club pick and was the winner of the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, while Laura's gothic chiller The Corset was acclaimed as a `masterpiece' by readers and reviewers alike. @spookypurcell

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