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The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale

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2000s, 1980s: A house can hold so many secrets..until the day they unravel…

  • ISBN: 978-1409147763
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once home to the March family – fascinating, manipulative Isabelle; brutal, dangerous Charlie; and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. But Angelfield House hides a chilling secret which strikes at the very heart of each of them, tearing their lives apart…

Now Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield’s past – and the mystery of the March family starts to unravel. What has Angelfield been hiding? What is its connection with the enigmatic writer Vida Winter? And what is the secret hiding in Margaret’s own, troubled life?

As Margaret digs deeper, two parallel stories unfold, and the tale she uncovers sheds a disturbing light on her own life…

Travel Guide


The settings in the book are fictional as is the main house Angelfield where most of the book is set.

The TV adaptation starring Olivia Coleman and Vanessa Redgrave however was filmed in and around two main locations – Duncombe Park  where most of the exterior shots where filmed and Burton Agnes Hall where the interior shots were filmed in the red room. Both can be visited by the public but Duncombe Park has more grounds and things to see.

Imagine arriving at Ribblesworth station as they did in the TV adaptation and heading up to Angelfield where you are to write a memoir of a woman with secrets to tell. Secrets about twins, a house where the walls have ears, a house left to children when their guardians die. Death seems to stalk these walls and the grounds outside. There is a gardener who takes care of the children in the house along with his wife, but even he doesn’t know the full story.

Twins – identical twins at that – running around the hallowed halls, the grand gardens outside, the open spaces yet in a world of their own. When in the present day a writer comes to take down the story of his house and its ghosts, one woman knows more than she is letting on…

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Thirteenth Tale

Destination: Yorkshire  Author/guide: Diane Setterfield Departure Time: 2000s, looking back

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