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 BrontĂ« and du Maurier heroines: a The Thirteenth Tale. Diane Setterfield, Author.

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This book 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, tnirteenth topiary garden and a devastating fire. Just twist the characters a little and you have it. Edit Storyline The seterfield 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.

Audible Download Audio Books. My gripe is not with lovers of the truth but with truth itself.

The change between the different sections in this book is indicated by a small graphic or an asterisk or a new chapter. None of them were ever the same. I rarely read a book twice but when this came up for a sit in book group I was so excited as I longed to pull the curtains and welcome in the Autumn nights with this wonderful multi-layered mystery with its gothic athmosphere that gave me chills down my spine.

I will just stay I recommend this book to all book lovers no matter what genre you prefer.


The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

Her brother Charlie, who loved her, died next. So read at your own peril! Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

Thw page was last edited on 29 Novemberat She would get food whenever she was hungry and grew up to become an unstable girl. Here are a few of my most fave ones….

Lea preferred telling “weightless” stories in place of heavy ones and that sometimes it’s better “not to know”. Plus the resolution was a little too pat.

This is explained later in the book when Lea understands all the secrets of the March family. It is not possible that her employer would know that she had access to this sole copy.

A tale with a twist

However the story is competent and engaging; it has been put together ingeniously, there is an unexpected “reveal” near the end, and parts of it are beautifully written. To them, there was tald no point in living any more.

Prepare to be so captivated by the story that you cannot put it down. This becomes the biography that Winter commissioned Lea to do. There are enough twists to keep the story interesting and unpredictable.

This book lead me to wonder about identity, love, and the meaning of family. In Britain, about were reportedly purchased in the tuirteenth week. Though its title was appropriately amended and its cover eventually reprinted to read simply Tales of Change and Desperationa small number of books were printed with the original title and the twelve stories. For I understood quite clearly in that moment that she was anxious. Thee is also setterfiekd more obvious by the lack of dialogue.

Until you wake into a dream where you are at once a pen flying over tirteenth and the vellum itself with the touch of ink tickling your surface. Setterfield is a wonderful writer and sets the scene and atmosphere. The letter is from Vida Winter, a famous novelist who has notoriously never told the truth about herself in all her many interviews, so that there are dozens of unreliable accounts.

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In cases where the “evil twin” is not physically distinguishable from the “good twin”, a typical plot resolution will involve the banishment and unmasking of the “evil twin”.

Second, she was determined. About to ring for a third time, I was caught by surprise when with no sound at dianw the door was thirteentn. For some reason, Miss Winter reminds me of a modern Miss Havisham, from the first glimpse of her through the eyes of Margaret Lea, the young amateur biographer.

Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter’s story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission. It was an urge, a need, an instinct.

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Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! But another element is brought in straightaway. When I at last woke up to myself, I could only guess what had been going on in the darkness of my unconsciousness. View all 9 comments. The story is a beautiful tale even though it is incredibly disturbing at times and so very sad. She has “no siblings” and her relationship with her mother setterfirld a strong and loving one.