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Monthly Pick – November 2020: The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale book cover

The Thirteenth Tale
Author: Diane Setterfield
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Page Count: 406
Published by: Washington Square Press
Date Published: October 9, 2007
You can find it here: Bookshop.org

No pressure here, but this is basically my favourite book of all time. Read it, listen to it, both options are fabulous and it is the perfect atmospheric, escapist, mysterious historical fiction with lushly descriptive prose that is perfectly paired with cold November nights and cups of hot chocolate.

Vida Winter is the most successful living author in England. She is heralded, beloved and often compared to Dickens, but no one knows who she is. For whenever she is asked, this natural born story teller simply spins another tale. She is a recluse, she is a mystery, and she is dying.

Margaret Lea is young, quiet, completely unknown biographer. Content in her mild existence she helps her father run their small, unprofitable bookshop. So she is completely bewildered when Ms. Winters personally asks her to come transcribe her true life story.

As Vida Winters tells her most epic story yet, the truth, painful secrets from both women’s pasts come to light through this chilling, completely absorbing modern day classic that has echoes of Daphne Du Maurier and Jane Eyre.

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