Once Upon a River: An Evening with Diane Setterfield

Date: Wednesday 16 January 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories. The door slams 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? Magic? And who does the little girl belong to?

So begins the spellbinding tale of Once Upon a River. “Swift and entrancing” (Madeline Miller, Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles and Circe), Diane Setterfield, author of bestseller The Thirteenth Tale, has written her next masterpiece. This layered, atmospheric mystery brims with folklore, suspense, romance, as well as the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, with phenomenal character development based along our city’s river, the Thames. It is a “beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans).

At 6:30pm on Wednesday 16 January, for our first event of 2019, we are delighted to host Diane for a discussion about her new book, and the themes that lurk between the lines. For £15, you’ll be able to secure a fresh copy of Once Upon a River, or it’s £7 for general admission.

Tickets available here.

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