The Story Collector

The Story Collector


‘Utterly compelling’ Heidi Swain
‘Evocatively written, poignant and compulsive' Emma Curtis
‘Brilliant, twisty’ Sara Sheridan

Three women. A long-buried secret. One voice will free them all…

London, 1915: Amid the wartime chaos, Katerina is hailed as a beacon of hope for her bakery, which offers divination alongside sweet treats. But the dark truth she’s hiding could cost her everything.

Germany, 1918: Miriam secretly vows to help a mute British soldier in the prisoner-of-war camp she’s stationed at. Soon she must make an impossible choice: will she save the one she loves, or herself?

Cornwall, Present Day: Edie is astonished to discover a mysterious box hidden in the wall of her newly renovated cottage. As Edie starts to investigate, she uncovers a secret that has lain hidden for over a century...

Sweeping through the cobbled streets of war-time London, a German WWI camp, and the sea-swept cliffs of Cornwall, The Story Collector is a thrilling, richly woven story about three women, bound by a long-held secret.



'A rich and tender story' Ruth Hogan, The Keeper of Lost Things

'The perfect winter read' Amanda Prowse, To Love and Be Loved

'Spellbinding, addictive, and beautifully written' Sophie Irwin, A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting

'Richly atmospheric, evocative and moving' Abbie Greaves, The Ends of the Earth

‘Makes for a spellbinding read' Rhiannon Ward, The Shadowing

'Beautifully written with a story that draws you in' Jane Corry, I Died on a Tuesday


  • Praise for Iris Costello:
    A rich and tender story of fortitude, family and friendship
    Ruth Hogan, The Keeper of Lost Things

About the author

Iris Costello

Iris Costello is the pseudonym of bestselling author, Nuala Ellwood. She has a BA Hons degree in Sociology from Durham University and a Master's in Creative Writing from York St John University where she is a visiting lecturer. She is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels, the most recent of which was The Secrets of Rochester Place. The Story Collector is her eighth book.
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