Monday Reads. The Thirteenth Tale.

The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield


This book was one of the highlights of last winter. Despite having been published several years ago, I accidently fell upon it last October and loved it so much I decided to re-read it this week. It’s lyrical, absorbing, tense and poignant, and all set in a falling-down family home beset with insanity and deceit. But primarily it is a love story, with its portrait of sisterhood and the ties that bind. And especially moving if you happen to be one of a twin.

It was dramatised by the BBC over christmas and, surprisingly, was almost as good as the book. Spooky and slightly disturbing – just how I like my novels – The Thirteenth Tale is the perfect book to read under the moon, on a stormy night.



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