Richard Godwin

Richard Godwin Enjoys a Quarter of Four First Novels

  • Diane Setterfield, 
  • Merisha Pessl, 
  • Tom McCarthy, 
  • Mike Stocks

‘What better way to get to know someone than through their choice and treatment of books?’ asks Margaret Lea, the bookish narrator of Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale .

First-time authors usually feel the need to probe for their place in the literary canon; Setterfield has chosen a cosy nook among well-thumbed copies of Jane Eyre, The Woman in White and Wuthering Heights. Her debut is as much about the storytelling itself as it is about secrets and romance.

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