Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River by Diana Setterfield

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A dark midwinter’s night. The Swan, an ancient inn on the banks of the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the corpse of a drowned child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?

And who exactly is the little girl? As news spreads of the child who drowned and lived again, three families come to claim her, and the stories of three lost girls (and a missing pig) come to light. In the background is the river itself: powerful, unknowable, lifegiving and lifetaking.

There is talk of a ferryman who appears to those who get into trouble on the river … But at the Swan Inn, is anything ever just a story?

Marking the long anticipated return of a masterful storyteller, Once Upon a River is replete with folklore, myth, fairy tale, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age. It is as richly atmospheric and spellbinding as Diane Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

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Diana Setterfield (English Diane Setterfield ; born August 22, 1964, Reading) is a British writer whose debut novel The Thirteenth Tale has been published in more than 30 countries, and in the United Kingdom and the United States, it has sold in millions of copies, reaching the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Now she lives in Yorkshire with her husband and four cats, and continues to work on her new novels. Diana is the author of the most famous "Gothic novel" of our day. Judging by the rave reviews of critics, she managed to return this genre to its former glory, somewhat faded since the time of Daphne du Maurier. What else is known about her? Diana was the eldest of three sisters ...

but do not rush to look for parallels with the plot of the novel. In an interview, the writer said that she would hate anyone who dares to draw such an analogy. However, according to her, one of her sisters, after reading the novel, found it necessary to apologize for hitting her on the head with a tape recorder at the age of 6. Diana`s favorite book since childhood was "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte - it`s not for nothing that we meet her in the description of each key event of the "Thirteenth Legend". But, according to the author, she was not very affected by the story of the governess who married her master. Little Jane remained in her heart forever - an abandoned, unwanted child who finds friendship in order to soon lose it ...

Reading is her main passion to this day, and it even sometimes frightens Diana. She even wonders - is not addiction to reading akin to alcohol and drug addiction? However, this dependence did not prevent Diana from making an academic career, specializing in the literature of France of the twentieth century. She studied the life and work of André Gide and taught at the university, but ...

did not feel happy. The only bright moments of the day she considered the hours that she managed to devote to reading. At some point, the situation seemed absurd to her - she studies someone else`s biography, leads other people`s lives - her students - but at the same time does not know how to put her own in order. Like, probably, every reading lover, she always wanted to write her own book, but she hesitated, thinking that a writer is necessarily an extraordinary person. She considered herself a completely ordinary person. But the moment came when she said to herself: the personality of the author may be ordinary, but the book is incredible. And she began to write her incredible book ...

The literary debut of Diana Setterfield, a French teacher from North Yorkshire, became an example of an amazing take-off, which European literature had not known for several decades. As a result of a fierce publishing auction, the rights to Setterfield`s first novel were bought for unheard-of money for an aspiring author: £ 800,000 in advance for a British edition and a million dollars for an American one. More than two million copies were sold during the year. The book has been translated into 39 languages ​​of the world.

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Diana Setterfield (English Diane Setterfield ; born August 22, 1964, Reading) is a British writer whose debut novel The Thirteenth Tale has been published in more than 30 countries, and in the United Kingdom and the United States, it has sold in millions of copies, reaching the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Now she lives in Yorkshire with her husband and four cats, and continues to work on her new novels. Diana is the author of the most famous "Gothic novel" of our day. Judging by the rave reviews of critics, she managed to return this genre to its former glory, somewhat faded since the time of Daphne du Maurier. What else is known about her? Diana was the eldest of three sisters ... but do not rush to look for parallels with the plot of the novel. In an interview, the writer said that she would hate anyone who dares to draw such an analogy. However, according to her, one of her sisters, after reading the novel, found it necessary to apologize for hitting her on the head with a tape recorder at the age of 6. Diana`s favorite book since childhood was "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte - it`s not for nothing that we meet her in the description of each key event of the "Thirteenth Legend". But, according to the author, she was not very affected by the story of the governess who married her master. Little Jane remained in her heart forever - an abandoned, unwanted child who finds friendship in order to soon lose it ... Reading is her main passion to this day, and it even sometimes frightens Diana. She even wonders - is not addiction to reading akin to alcohol and drug addiction? However, this dependence did not prevent Diana from making an academic career, specializing in the literature of France of the twentieth century. She studied the life and work of André Gide and taught at the university, but ... did not feel happy. The only bright moments of the day she considered the hours that she managed to devote to reading. At some point, the situation seemed absurd to her - she studies someone else`s biography, leads other people`s lives - her students - but at the same time does not know how to put her own in order. Like, probably, every reading lover, she always wanted to write her own book, but she hesitated, thinking that a writer is necessarily an extraordinary person. She considered herself a completely ordinary person. But the moment came when she said to herself: the personality of the author may be ordinary, but the book is incredible. And she began to write her incredible book ... The literary debut of Diana Setterfield, a French teacher from North Yorkshire, became an example of an amazing take-off, which European literature had not known for several decades. As a result of a fierce publishing auction, the rights to Setterfield`s first novel were bought for unheard-of money for an aspiring author: £ 800,000 in advance for a British edition and a million dollars for an American one. More than two million copies were sold during the year. The book has been translated into 39 languages ​​of the world.