Title: Thirteenth Tale, The
Authors: Setterfield, Diane
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 408
Year: 2006
Language: English
Description: Margaret Lea, an antiquarian bookseller and sometime biographer of obscure writers, receives a letter from Vida Winter, "the world's most famous living author". Vida has always invented pasts for herself in interviews, but now, on her death-bed, she has decided to tell the truth, and has chosen Margaret to write her story. Living at Vida's country estate, Margaret finds herself spellbound by the tale of Vida's childhood some seventy years earlier. But is it really the truth? And will Vida live to finish the story?

Comments from Groups:

What a marvellous gothic romp to read! Perfect for a wet Sunday to read straight through...agreed we had to suspend our critical faculties. Auckland 016

All of us loved the book and couldn't put it down. Wellington 134

Good story - but not plausible in some areas. Ohope 004

Reminded us of great novels like 'Jane Eyre', 'Wuthering Heights' - full of suspense, mystery, fraught relationships. Kept us guessing and ending was not expected. Whangamata 001

Most of the members liked the book. Some found it a bit dark for their taste. We had a really interesting discussion as the book is fairly complex with lots of twists and turns to the story. Nelson 041

Categories: Fiction, Big Read, Literature oriented, Gothic, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups


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By: TAUR 035 2018-10-19 10:32:02
Except for one member who never finished the book we were unanimous in our admiration for the novel. Some found it a little hard going to start with, but once underway were hooked. We thought it was cleverly constructed, easy to read once underway, and beautifully descriptive. It may have been a tiny bit too long, with some bits a bit repetitive, but overall it was much enjoyed and difficult to put down.

By: CHCH 378 2018-08-23 17:29:47
Interesting book, not everyone's taste but plenty of suspense and mystery to keep your interest going.

By: CHCH 124 2018-03-12 15:00:04
We enjoyed the book. Found it an easy read, one we wanted to set some time aside to really get into. Really enjoyed her writing style, some memorable pieces of writing.

By: CHCH 395 2018-03-12 14:56:12
We found this book interesting with lots of twists. A few of us found it over long and a little hard to get through. On the whole, the group enjoyed the book.

By: TEHORO 002 2018-03-09 14:57:16
Some found it difficult to read but definitely worth it! Our best discussion so far - very lively on lots of different angles; everyone took something different from it. We would recommend it being read in long chunks, and recommend a second reading . Interesting enough to google author!

By: FERN 001 2018-03-09 14:47:02
An easy read and a well-woven mystery. The theme of twinship was a good discussion point.

By: HAMIL 056 2018-03-09 14:46:00
Slow to get into, but most people loved it after they had read about 40 pages. A couple of members didn't enjoy the book, as they thought there were too many words, and not enough happening. Most thought it a very unique and unpredictable book, and enjoyed it very much.

By: CHCH 355 2018-03-09 14:43:22
Diversity of opinion between some who disliked the book, and those who loved the book. Some appreciated the mystery which gripped their imagination.

By: AUCK 210 2018-03-09 14:40:34
An excellent read! Overwhelmingly enjoyed by our members. Hard to put down. One of our best choices.

By: TIMAR 015 2018-03-09 14:37:48
Our discussion was very interesting, as 3 started the book but didn't like it (too dark and Gothic) - others enjoyed it. The brother and sister were very odd, and the twins unusual - very evocative of Jane Eyre and Great Expectations (as said in the notes), dark and creepy. Provoked very vigorous discussion.

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