The Library Thief

The Library Thief

Hardback Published on: 09/04/2024
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Published 09/04/2024
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The Library Thief
A true highlight for 2024!
Just a few words to describe this amazing debut: The Library Thief is Vivid, salacious, exuberant, smart, gut-wrenchingly addictive, and such a breath of f... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
The Library Thief
A beautiful and beguiling debut
This is a beautifully written mystery set in Victorian Britain and quite unlike anything I’ve read before. I was utterly captivated with this book. Atmos... READ MORE


An extraordinary historical debut for any reader who loves gothic mysteries like Rebecca and Fingersmith, and fiction which shines a light on untold stories. The library is under lock and key. But its secrets can't be contained. After he brought her home from Jamaica as a baby, Florence's father had her hair hot-combed to make her look like the other girls. But as a young woman, Florence is not so easy to tame - and when she brings scandal to his door, the bookbinder throws her onto the streets of Manchester. Intercepting her father's latest commission, Florence talks her way into the remote, forbidding Rose Hall to restore its collection of rare books. Lord Francis Belfield's library is old and full of secrets - but none so intriguing as the whispers about his late wife. Then one night, the library is broken into. Strangely, all the priceless tomes remain untouched. Florence is puzzled, until she discovers a half-burned book in the fireplace. She realises with horror that someone has found and set fire to the secret diary of Lord Belfield's wife - which may hold the clue to her fate . . .

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781408726846
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 22 mm

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The Library Thief
A compelling historical fiction..
The year is 1896 and Florence, who secures a position with false references, comes to Rose Hall, which has a locked library brimming with secrets, to work ... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
The Library Thief
Superb! Addictive! Highly recommended!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. This is an excellent novel, totally enjoyed the read. Most certainly for fans of 'Fingersmith' an... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp