Once Upon a River

The Sunday Times Bestseller

by Diane Setterfield

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780857525659
  • 9781473555815

'Infused with the spirit of Jane Eyre, Rebecca and The Woman in White' - Independent
'I was completely spellbound' - Ruth Hogan
'A delight...I devoured it' - Jo Baker
'Truly extraordinary' - Dinah Jeffries

Some say the river drowned her...Some say it brought her back to life

____________________

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

Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

And who does the little girl belong to?

An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

____________________

"Diane's masterful storytelling draws you in to a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing." (M L Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans)

Swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful. Give yourself a treat and read it!" (Madeline Miller, Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles and Circe)


  • Transworld; December 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473555815
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Once Upon a River
  • Author: Diane Setterfield
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780857525659
  • 9781473555815

In The Press

"Exploring themes of storytelling, parenthood, science and society on the cusp of change, this is a richly evocative novel."


About The Author

Diane Setterfield’s bestselling novel, The Thirteenth Tale was published in 38 countries, sold more than three million copies, and was made into a television drama scripted by Christopher Hampton, starring Olivia Colmanand Vanessa Redgrave. Her other novels are Bellman & Black and Once Upon a River, winner of the 2019 HWA Gold Crown Award. Born in rural Berkshire, she now lives near Oxford, by the Thames.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780857525659
  • 9781473555815