The House on Vesper Sands (Hardback)Paraic O'Donnell (author)
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'The most vivid and compelling portrait of late Victorian London since The Crimson Petal and the White' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
'Like the love child of Dickens and Conan Doyle, but funnier than both' Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait
'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.'
It is the winter of 1893, and in London the snow is falling.
It is falling as Gideon Bliss seeks shelter in a Soho church, where he finds Angie Tatton lying before the altar. His one-time love is at death's door, murmuring about brightness and black air, and about those she calls the Spiriters. In the morning she is gone.
The snow is falling as a seamstress climbs onto a ledge above Mayfair, a mysterious message stitched into her own skin. It is falling as she steadies herself and closes her eyes.
It is falling, too, as her employer, Lord Strythe, vanishes into the night, watched by Octavia Hillingdon, a restless society columnist who longs to uncover a story of real importance.
She and Gideon will soon be drawn into the same mystery, each desperate to save Angie and find out the truth about Lord Strythe. Their paths will cross as the darkness gathers, and will lead them at last to what lies hidden at the house on Vesper Sands.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 222 x 138 mm
Like the love child of Dickens and Conan Doyle, but funnier than both * Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait *
Rarely does a writer stop you so fully in your tracks * Sunday Independent on THE MAKER OF SWANS *
The prose in O'Donnell's first novel is glorious, combining an ear for deep cadences of language with a phenomenal acuity of vision ... O'Donnell is clearly a major talent * GUARDIAN on THE MAKER OF SWANS *
Truly bewitching * David Mitchell on THE MAKER OF SWANS *
A page-turner in the very best sense of the term ... a deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy * Financial Times on THE MAKER OF SWANS *
Lavishly entertaining, strange and captivating * INDEPENDENT on THE MAKER OF SWANS *
Enthralling ... a literary feast * Stylist on THE MAKER OF SWANS *
Compulsive reading . . . rich, strange, beautiful * Helen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK on THE MAKER OF SWANS *
I devoured this book ... Line by line, Paraic's writing contains some of the most beautifully turned phrasing I've read in a long while * Laura Barnett, author of VERSIONS OF US, on THE MAKER OF SWANS *
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