Bone China: Signed First Edition (Hardback)Laura Purcell (author)
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Woozily atmospheric and ineffably creepy, Bone China is another mesmerising offering from the Queen of Victorian gothic, Laura Purcell. Quack cures on the Cornish coast and dark rumblings about evil faeries combine to lend this tale of mania and madness a deliciously sinister aspect.
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.
While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm. 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...
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'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
'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
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