Magpie Lane

Magpie Lane

Hardback Published on: 02/04/2020
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'Riveting, twisty, page-turning stuff' Guardian A 'best books of 2020' pick for BBC Radio 4 Open Book, the Guardian, the Telegraph and Good Housekeeping 'The page turner you've been looking for. Sly, witty and gripping . . . I devoured it' Naomi Alderman 'An utter joy . . . wonderfully skilled' Sarah Perry 'Beguiling, brilliantly creepy, and an utterly compelling read' Claire Fuller 'Tender, creepy and gripping' Sunday Times 'Spellbinding and spooky . . . a dazzling high wire act, superbly absorbing' Sunday Mirror When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers. As Dee looks back over her time in the Master's Lodging - an eerie and ancient house - a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother. But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why is Felicity silent? Roaming Oxford's secret passages and hidden graveyards, Magpie Lane explores the true meaning of family - and what it is to be denied one. 'Enthralling . . . creepy and compelling' The Times 'Deliciously dark' Alexandra Shulman 'A gorgeously satisfying triumph' Lucy Mangan 'A rare thing . . . simply stunning' Daily Express 'I was gripped . . . highly original' Alex Clark 'Creepy, suspenseful' Independent 'One of the most intriguing narrators since Notes on a Scandal' Sara Collins 'Grown-up and cleverly written . . . a dizzying sense of uncertainty' Literary Review 'Keeps you guessing . . . a real sense of menace' Good Housekeeping 'Wholly beguiling' Mick Herron 'Dazzlingly good' Diane Setterfield 'Beautiful writing' Polly Samson 'Clever, tense and twisty' Amanda Craig 'Highly intelligent' Sarah Vaughan 'Simply brilliant!' JP Delaney 'Darkly atmospheric' Jane Fallon 'Clever and creepy' Erin Kelly 'Highly recommended' Louise Candlish

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781786485571
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 586g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 36 mm

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Magpie Lane
Good read!
This was a new author for me, I'd heard good things about her previous books so I went in with high expectations and the book didn't disappoint. It is so m... READ MORE
Zoe Woodend
Magpie Lane
Not to be missed
This is a lovely paced, chilling, unputdownable thriller Tension and suspense throughout Liked the characters roles in the unravelling of the story I reall... READ MORE
Sarah Lerigo
Magpie Lane
A domestic thriller that will grip you from the very beginning.
Eight year old Felicity Law has gone missing from her home in Oxford; her father is an influential academic, her beautiful Danish stepmother is frantic wit... READ MORE
Magpie Lane
A taught and compulsively clever psychological thriller that you can’t put down!
A taught and compulsively clever psychological thriller that you can’t put down! A live-in nanny, a dysfunctional blended family, a selectively mute littl... READ MORE
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Magpie Lane
A moving and memorable exploration of vulnerability
Lucy Atkins’ ‘Magpie Lane’ is full of love and sorrow. This psychological thriller, set in Oxford, is far more than a mere clever puzzle to unravel; it is... READ MORE
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