Vanessa Redgrave portrays Vida Winter in this film, and her sister, Lynn Redgrave, portrays the part of Vida Winter in the audiobook by Diane Setterfield, on. Diane Setterfield’s debut novel arrived already wreathed in acclaim, and it’s easy to see why. The Thirteenth Tale is a cleverly plotted. Former academic Setterfield pays tribute in her debut to BrontĂ« and du Maurier heroines: a The Thirteenth Tale. Diane Setterfield, Author.

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Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author’s tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.


Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!

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She lives in Oxford, England. Timeless, charming, a pure pleasure to read. The Thirteeth Tale is a book to savor a dozen times.

Lovers of books about book lovers will be gale. Readers should heed one warning: Prepare to be so captivated by the story that you cannot put it down. Not even for a cuppa tea.

The language is rich, the elements intriguing. A remarkable first novel, a book about the joy of books, a riveting multi-layered mystery that twists and turns, and weaves a quite magical spell. Tell us what you like, thirtteenth we can send you books you’ll love.


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