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Once Upon a River (Paperback)

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Published: 29/08/2019
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Waterstones Says

Beguiling and multi-faceted, the latest novel from the author of The Thirteenth Tale brings together a winning cast of characters around the meandering Thames, each drawn into a mystery that reopens old wounds and lays to rest unburied ghosts. There’s much to enjoy in Setterfield’s ability to spin a deeply satisfying and richly told story and Once Upon a River contains just the right balance of the sweet and the bitter, along with a clever and satisfying playfulness with the traditions of storytelling itself. It’s a novel that reminds you why we all tell stories and why they continue to matter.

 

Our Fiction Book of the Month for September 2019

On 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 and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes and breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? And who does the little girl belong to?

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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784163631
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A story, no matter how cleverly it is structured, lives or dies on the vividness of its characters. Setterfield, a true storyteller, makes us care about all her players in this beguiling novel. - The Times

Exploring themes of storytelling, parenthood, science and society on the cusp of change, this is a richly evocative novel. - Observer

Diane Setterfield's debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, came out in 2006 to wide acclaim. She made her mark by delivering her own take on the classic romantic mystery novel, infused with the spirit of Jane Eyre, Rebecca and The Woman in White. Once Upon a River continues to demonstrate her mastery of the Gothic genre in a way that will appeal to modern readers...Setterfield knows how to make the words sing. It is worth taking a journey down the Thames with her. - Independent

Once Upon a River is magical, in every which way...it's the power of her storytelling that allows readers to suspend disbelief, and draws them through each tangled, dazzling chapter...This riverine novel has the mood and feel of a ghost story told late into the night, and will win over readers who enjoy a touch of age-old enchantment. - Financial Times

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

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

I so didn't want to leave the world of Once Upon a River but now I have and I'm bereft of the company of country folk and river spirits. This charming story about stories and the mystery of life & death captured my heart. A truly extraordinary book. - Dinah Jefferies

Her characters are so vivid, one feels as though one has met them, spent an evening in their company, telling stories around the hearth...Setterfield is a master storyteller herself, giving us all the depth and plot and richness of the great narrative novelists. This is dazzling, alive, all-consumer writing: one reads each page greedily, the beautiful sentences shining like jewels under the pulling current of the tale itself. - Daily Telegraph

A satisfying, thickly characterised tale that plunges you into an evocatively realised historical setting. You care for its characters. - Sunday Times

A finely drawn cast and bravura storytellling. - Mail on Sunday

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“Storytelling at its Best”

Having been born and raised close to the River Thames I have been beguiled by its mystery and majesty all my life and ‘Once Upon A River’ draws on the rivers rich history and legends and immerses you in a fable that... More

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