Monday, August 19, 2013

FOR REVIEW: AN UPDATE: SOON TO BE PUBLISHED

Just a quick update letting you all know that I have been lucky enough to receive an ARC or advanced uncorrected proof of Diane Setterfield's novel, 'Bellman & Black!'  Known for her best loved novel, 'The Thirteenth Tale.'

Remember this:

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise — she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels.

Late one night while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.

As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story.

Both women will have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets... and the ghosts that haunt them still.


Well, wait no more...
 US book cover by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

 As a boy, William Bellman commits one small cruel act that appears to have unforseen and terrible consequences. The killing of a rook with his catapult is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. And by the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems indeed, to be a man blessed by fortune.

Until tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, and William Bellman starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a bargain. A rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business.


And Bellman & Black is born.
 
UK Hardcover by Orion Publishing Company

PUBLISHING DATES:  
US DEBUT on November 5th, 2013, Hardcover, 224 pages 

UK DEBUT on October 10th, 2013, Hardcover, 320 pages

stay tuned...

1 comment:

Laura Morrigan said...

There are no words for how excited I am! Might have to drop some hints to family about how much I want it, nearer the date, I can't afford hardcovers!

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