The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

  Chris  Review by:  Chris

Title:  The Thirteenth Tale

Author:  Diane Setterfield

Collection:  Adult Fiction

Diane Setterfield has created a treasure for avid readers and book lovers of all types with this novel.  Almost from the beginning, she immerses her readers in the world of antiquarian book dealers, scholarly biographers, grand homes, and reclusive writers, but she withholds just enough from every scene to make us crave the revelations we are certain lie just over the next page or around the next corner in the garden path.  This mystery keeps us turning the pages when we might otherwise choose to linger, and her characters are fully alive with all of humanity’s quirky realness.  What is more, Setterfield’s writing style is full of wonderful imagery and sophisticated turn-of-phrase, and the novel includes enough mimesis to tempt the most academic of literary critics.  It is certainly a book that I will enjoy reading again some day.

2 Responses to The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

  1. RFW says:

    I liked this book – when is she going to write another one?

  2. The information about a second book is unavailable, but her publisher page has an area where you can sign up to be notified when there is news. Visit

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