Setterfield's erudite first work of fiction has
all the hallmarks of a classic gothic novel, including the
creepy ruined house, long-kept secrets, a madwoman in the attic
and a dabbling of ghosts, Set in present-day England it has
drawn comparisons to novels by the likes of Daphne du Maurier,
Wilkie Collins and Charlotte Bronte. Speaking in an interview
shortly after The Thirteenth Tale was published,
Setterfield says, "I read French literature almost exclusively
for more than a decade, so when I left academia, I really wanted
to go back to the English classics which I loved so much as a
teenager. It was very nostalgic for me to write in that sort of
With short chapters often ending on cliff hangers, a female protagonist with a knack for cracking codes, and a large cast of eccentric ...
More about the author: The publisher's bio provides exactly two lines of information about Diane Setterfield, but happily BookBrowse has been able to dig up a lot more about one of the USA's newest "it" authors. Diane was born in Reading and grew up in Theale (both in the county of Berkshire in the South of England), she attended Theale Green School, and then Bristol University where she studied French Literature. She taught in various universities in England and also in France, where she lived for several years. The Thirteenth Tale is her first novel but she has had academic works published previously - about 19th and 20th century French literature, in particular about the works of André Gide (a French writer, humanist, and moralist who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947). She is 43, and lives ...
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