Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I have sooooo many books! I have a ton of print books and probably even more e-books. The Book Spotlight feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the books I have. There are a lot of different reasons that I might be letting some of my books go, the biggest one is that when we moved I discovered just how many books I really do have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

The book I am featuring today is one that I read a while ago for one of my book groups. I loved it and we had a very good discussion. I have the auhtor's other book on my Kindle and I want to get it read sometime. One of you can win this one. So many books, so little time! 

And I am going on vacation so I am going to leave this giveaway open for a bit longer than usual and will pick a winner when I get back. Good luck! 

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 9th, 2007 by Washington Square Press 

Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny.

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long.

Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author’s tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.

Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves. 


About the author

“…a mistress of the craft of storytelling.”
The Guardian

Diane Setterfield is a British author. Her bestselling novel, The Thirteenth Tale (2006) was published in 38 countries worldwide and has sold more than three million copies. It was number one in the New York Times hardback fiction list for three weeks and is enjoyed as much for being ‘a love letter to reading’ as for its mystery and style. Her second novel is Bellman & Black (2013).

Born in Englefield, Berkshire in 1964, Diane spent most of her childhood in the nearby village of Theale. After schooldays at Theale Green, Diane studied French Literature at the University of Bristol. Her PhD was on autobiographical structures in André Gide’s early fiction. She taught English at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie and the Ecole nationale supérieure de Chimie, both in Mulhouse, France, and later lectured in French at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. She left academia in the late 1990s to pursue writing.

The Thirteenth Tale was acquired by Heyday Films and adapted for television by the award-winning playwright and scriptwriter, Christopher Hampton. Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman, it was filmed in 2013 in North Yorkshire for BBC2.

Diane Setterfield’s 2013 novel, Bellman & Black which layers themes of time, memory and loss is published in the autumn of 2013 in UK, USA, Canada, Norway and Spain. Other countries are to follow in 2014.

Diane lives in Oxford, in the UK. When not writing she reads widely, and when not actually reading she is usually talking or thinking about reading. She is, she says, ‘a reader first, a writer second.’ 

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  1. I would love to read The Thirteenth Tale. Enjoy your vacation. Thank you

    1. Thanks Linda! I didn't get to take one all summer so I am really looking forward to getting away.

  2. Sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Thank you for all of the great giveaways!

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Bethany! I love holding the giveaways and sharing great books.

  5. I have been wondering what your name was, and it is Susan? I love your blog.

    1. Yep - Susan The Book Bag.:) I am glad you like my blog. I love what I am doing.

  6. I love that you feature this title despite it not being a brand new release -- the chance to win and read it is a real treat! Cheers, Kara S

    1. A good book is a good book, even if it was written a few years ago, right?

  7. This book is amazing. I read about 5 years ago and I loved it.
    I like the movie too, it's not the same, but i like it

    1. I didn't realize that this was made into a movie. I'll have to watch it.


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