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Bellman & Black

by Diane Setterfield

Bellman & Black is a heart-thumpingly perfect ghost story, beautifully and irresistibly written, its ratcheting tension exquisitely calibrated line by line. Its hero is William Bellman, who, as a boy of 11, killed a shiny black rook with a catapult, and who grew up to be someone, his neighbours think, who "could go to the good or the bad." And indeed, although William Bellman's life at first seems blessed--he has a happy marriage to a beautiful woman, becomes father to a brood of bright, strong children, and thrives in business--one by one, people around him die. And at each funeral, he is startled to see a strange man in black, smiling at him. At first, the dead are distant relatives, but eventually his own children die, and then his wife, leaving behind only one child, his favourite, Dora. Unhinged by grief, William gets drunk and stumbles to his wife's fresh grave--and who should be there waiting, but the smiling stranger in black. The stranger has a proposition for William--a mysterious business called "Bellman & Black" . . .

El cuento número trece

by Diane Setterfield

Cuando una vieja escritora acostumbrada a mentir y una joven librera empeñada en saber la verdad se encuentran, regresan los fantasmas del pasado, los secretos de una familia marcada por el exceso, las cenizas de un incendio memorable y el perfil de un ser extraño que aparece y desaparece tras las cortinas de una mansión.

El hombre que perseguía al tiempo

by Diane Setterfield

Al grajo le encanta que le cuenten una buena historia. Lleva cosechándolas desde que existen, desde que hay dioses, hombres y grajos. Y tiene buena memoria... William acababa de cumplir diez años cuando consiguió la admiración de todos los amigos: su ojo experto apuntó a un grajo que descansaba en un árbol lejano y, tras un instante de concentración, el tirachinas dio en el blanco. Nada grave, en apariencia; solo una chiquillada, pero a partir de entonces su vida cambió y William se propuso olvidar el pasado, trabajando duro para adelantarse al tiempo y a sus leyes. Los años fueron pasando y un hombre vestido de negro empezó a rondar a William en las circunstancias más trágicas. Nació así una extraña unión entre los dos caballeros y se inauguró en Londres una tienda espléndida, donde se exponían las telas y los complementos adecuados para el duelo de los difuntos. El negocio fue un éxito y durante un tiempo William pensó que su apuesta por el olvido era acertada, pero llegó un día en que un grajo muy negro surcó el techo acristalado del almacén: de golpe el pasado volvió, cargado de secretos y dispuesto a tomarse su venganza.

Princess and the Pea: A Very Short Tale

by Diane Setterfield

A retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.

The Thirteenth Tale

by Diane Setterfield

When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny. All children mythologize their birth...So 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.

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

by Diane Setterfield

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.

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