Diane Setterfield

Once Upon a River
  • Once Upon a River

  • Diane Setterfield

    'A truly extraordinary book' - Dinah Jefferies
    'I was completely spellbound' - Ruth Hogan
    'Just marvellous' - Jo Baker
    'A true storyteller' - The Times

    It was the longest night of the year when the strangest of things happened . . .

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    On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child.

    Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

    Is it a miracle?

    Is it magic?

    And who does the little girl belong to?

    An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

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    "Diane's masterful storytelling draws you in to a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing." (M L Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans)

    Swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful. Give yourself a treat and read it!" (Madeline Miller, Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles and Circe)

Diane Setterfield’s bestselling novel, The Thirteenth Tale was published in 38 countries, sold more than three million copies, and was made into a television drama scripted by Christopher Hampton, starring Olivia Colmanand Vanessa Redgrave. Her second novel was Bellman & Black, and her new novel is Once Upon a River. Born in rural Berkshire, she now lives near Oxford, by the Thames.