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The Thirteenth Tale All children mythologize their birthSo begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret Now old and ailing she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life She summons biographer Margaret Lea a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth hidden by those who loved her most remains an ever present pain Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter's story and her own Margaret takes on the commission As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good Margaret is mesmerized It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family including the beautiful and willful Isabelle the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline a ghost a governess a topiary garden and a devastating fire Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytelling but remains suspicious of the author's sincerity She demands the truth from Vida and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming finally transformed by the truth themselves The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading a book for the feral reader in all of us a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing make you wonder move you to tears and laughter and in the end deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life


About the Author: Diane Setterfield

“a mistress of the craft of storytelling”The GuardianDiane Setterfield is a British author Her bestselling novel The Thirteenth Tale 2006 was published in 38 countries worldwide and has sold than three million copies It was number one in the New York Times hardback fiction list for three weeks and is enjoyed as much for being ‘a love letter to reading’ as for its mystery and style Her



10 thoughts on “The Thirteenth Tale

  1. says:

    Sigh I really really wanted to like this book I heard good things about it and it has many elements I usually love in a novel a Victorian sensibility uestions of identity and sisterhood as well as siblinghood generally meta commentary on writing and a plain uiet somewhat chilly protagonist who prefers books to people The protagonist Margaret grew up


  2. says:

    “There is something about words In expert hands manipulated deftly they take you prisoner Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk and when you are so enthralled you cannot move they pierce your skin enter your blood numb your thoughts Inside you they work their magic” I don't know if I've ever loved words so muchLots of people told me that


  3. says:

    Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes–characters even–caught in the fibers of your clothes and when you open the new book they are still with youThis uote from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield sums up my experie


  4. says:

    Reread although I would liked to have listened to the audio Maybe next time Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾wwwmelissa413readsalotblogspotcomThis book was so good I can't believe I have had this book in my stacks for a few years now The story is so bizarre and sad I loved it When Margaret is called upon by Vida Winter a famous author to come and write her biography she has no id


  5. says:

    Tell me the truth These are the words that a young journalist speaks to Vida Winter in the beginning of this book Vida is an author famous for spinning magical tales In books and about her life Each time she releases a new story she grants multiple interviews in which every journalist asks her the story of her life and leaves thinking that they finally after decades of de


  6. says:

    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsSo here's my problem with gothic literature it's so habitually grotesue that it's predictableIf there's not incest there's a crazy wife in the attic If there's not a crazy wife in the attic there's a murderous illegitimate son who's not right in the head Or conjoined twins Or a dying gypsy's curse Or something eually unsettlingSo even if you guess the HEP


  7. says:

    This book has been on my tbr for the last three years Then with time I lost track of my old list to be read and moved on to reading other books which sparked my interestThen recently I came across these books which I thought I would red but had never looked at them again so I decided to start reading my old interests This turned out to be the first one After a long long time I came ac


  8. says:

    The perfect October Autumn Read Not since Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier has a book so entranced and haunted me I rarely read a book twice but when this came up for a sit in book group I was so excited as I longed to pull the curtains and welcome in the Autumn nights with this wonderful multi layered mystery with its gothic athmosphere that gave me chills down my spine Set in the English Cou


  9. says:

    I know that most people like to work out to Gnarls Barkley or Metallica or what have you but I find gym based exercise so exceedingly boring that I reuire narrative to keep me going Since my motor coordination isn't sufficient enough to allow me to turn the pages of a magazinebook AND pump the pedals on an elliptical trainer sometime last summer I turned to Audible to solve my problems Now what o


  10. says:

    The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a gothic suspense novel the author's first published book in 2006 Vida Winter a famous novelist in England has evaded journalists' uestions about her past refusing to answer their inuiries and spinning elaborate tales that they later discover to be false Her entire life is a secret and for over fifty years reporters and b


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