Vanessa Redgrave portrays Vida Winter in this film, and her sister, Lynn Redgrave, portrays the part of Vida Winter in the audiobook by Diane Setterfield, on. Diane Setterfield’s debut novel arrived already wreathed in acclaim, and it’s easy to see why. The Thirteenth Tale is a cleverly plotted. Former academic Setterfield pays tribute in her debut to Brontë and du Maurier heroines: a The Thirteenth Tale. Diane Setterfield, Author.

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Highly recommended with trepidation. There is a lot of gothic atmosphere brewing throughout this book. And so, it is a tale the world has been waiting to hear. He left to go to a place where he used to go with Isabelle and shot himself. Add the first question. She was a diletante, talented amateur in the company of professional and academic writers.

View all 44 comments. Such hysteria surely belongs to an earlier age when women wore their thirternth too tight. People disappear when they die. When I was a child books were everything. As a ten-year-old, she discovered an old tin settefield a bed which changed her life forever.

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Setterfield never gives a time frame for when this tale takes place. But it’s not the same as living. In the Gothic Literature group October Reading and in a recent discussion with a friend in Goodreads, I described Diane Setterfield’s novel as foreboding.

She describes herself as always having been addicted to reading. Where is the thirteenth tale?

She is dying and wants Margaret to write her life story. Every time the first note struck up its call, there was a moment of anxiety while it waited to find out whether its companion was still there, or had drifted off, lost for good, blown away by the wind.


Then when I read that the governess saw Emmeline playing in the field with Adeline and then the governess found out that Adeline was at the doctors house for the whole afternoon. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. Several of the characters were extremely unlikable. Their house, their fortunes, their fears.

I am not a believer in not telling children the truth. It was spring, nearly too cool to be comfortable, but the grass was dry and very green and filled with tiny little pastel flowers, which are decidedly not “real” snow drops, but that’s what I’d called them Oh to be lost in a book.

Vida understood the twin talk because she had spent her entire life with the twins. The story of the residents of Angelfield House and follows ageing novelist Vida Winter, who enlists a young writer to finally tell the story of her life – including her mysterious childhood spent in Angelfield House, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager. I find myself believing that had I not already been a bibliophile, an encounter with this book would be enough to have me drooling over the endless possibilities and magic that lie within stories.

The audio version was really well done. To me this is just Ms. Lovers of books about book lovers will be enthralled.

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There are descriptions here which are breathtaking; Setterfield shows you very early on that she really can write: During the course of the story, Lea is asked more than once what she knows about the missing tale, and why it was never written.

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Written by Diane Setterfield. Isolation does many things to a person.

Apr 01, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: It wasn’t the 5 screaming stars that I tihrteenth almost expecting from reading some of my friends reviews, but I did like it a lot. So, I listened to a …more The first time I “read” this book, it was the unabridged audio book. This is the author’s first novel, and promises well if she stops being so rooted in the gothic canon and makes setetrfield bold leap into the unknown and the supernatural she is clearly so drawn to.

Being dead could be very lonely, she thought. Plus the resolution was a little too pat. I didn’t see that one coming at all, but I should have expected something along those lines. As for the loss that Margaret Lea felt growing up for the loss of her siamese twin, I do understand the loss of a twin feeling.

Sometimes I might not pay attention to the choice of words, expression or the POV of the narrator.

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale is a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and we loved as children. As if things haven’t been unreal enough for Diane Setterfield lately, her American book tour – which also setterfied to be her first visit to the United States – begins in Florida at Disney World, the global capital of artifice and fantasy.

Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to ghe the truth about her extraordinary life: