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The Crow Garden

By Alison Littlewood

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Susan Hill meets Wilkie Collins in Alison Littlewood's latest chiller: mad-doctor Nathaniel is obsessed with the beautiful Mrs Harleston - but is she truly delusional? Or is she hiding secrets that should never be uncovered . . . ?

'A chilling atmosphere of skulls, séances, secrets and hysteria' The Times

Set a guard upon your soul . . .

When Nathaniel Kerner takes up his new position as a mad-doctor at Crakethorne Manor, the proprietor, more interested in phrenology and his growing collection of skulls than his patients' minds, hands over the care of his most interesting case.

Mrs Victoria Harleston's husband accuses her of hysteria and says he will pay any price to see her well. But she accuses him of something far more terrible . . .

Nathaniel becomes increasingly obsessed with Victoria and her condition: is she truly delusional or is she hiding secrets that should never be uncovered?

'A Gothic masterpiece' The Lady

Biographical Notes

Alison Littlewood is the author of A Cold Season, published by Jo Fletcher Books. The novel was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, where it was described as "perfect reading for a dark winter's night." Her most recent novel, The Hidden People, has recently been published to critical acclaim.

Alison's short stories have been picked for Best British Horror 2015, The Best Horror of the Year and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror anthologies, as well as The Best British Fantasy 2013 and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 10. She also won the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction with her story The Dog's Home, published in The Spectral Book of Horror Stories.

Alison lives with her partner Fergus in Yorkshire, England, in a house of creaking doors and crooked walls. You can talk to her on twitter @Ali__L, see her on Facebook and visit her at www.alisonlittlewood.co.uk.

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  • ISBN: 9781848669888
  • Publication date: 04 Oct 2018
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Jo Fletcher Books
Excellent . . . she creates a chilling atmosphere of skulls, séances, secrets and hysteria — Antonia Senior, The Times
[An] enjoyable excursion . . . gripping — The Sunday Times
A Gothic masterpiece — The Lady
[A] deliciously atmospheric psychological thriller . . . will appeal to fans of Susan Hill and Wilkie Collins — BookRiot
A book which I know I will want to re-read time and time again . . . a brilliant example of historical fiction — The Bookish Bundle
An excellent, chilling, autumn read, all about the dangers of power, obsession, and guilt, this is sure to be another hit — Blue Book Balloon
Eerie and unsettling . . . Alison Littlewood has crafted a sublime blend of the psychological and the supernatural — Starburst
A great seasonal treat — Becky Lea, SciFiNow
A rare treat! I love the idea of novels about madness but it is rare that I find one so well written . . . a fantastic novel and highly recommended! — Life Has A Funny Way of Sneaking Up On You
Alison has been churning out intriguing and clever chilling stories that always manage to raise my heartbeat — Upcoming4.me on Alison Littlewood
There's an amazing sense of place and time in this novel, as Littlewood perfectly captures the literary style, attitudes, and class consciousness of Victorian England — Publishers Weekly on The Hidden People
Hypnotic and intelligent with buckets of atmosphere . . . Littlewood expertly weaves themes of misogyny and mythology into a psychological page-turner that feels both familiar and fresh — SFX
The atmosphere Alison Littlewood conjures up in The Hidden People is absorbing and there's a real sense of foreboding, you feel the fairies might show themselves at any moment. — Irish News
Alison Littlewood is one of the brightest stars in the horror genre at the moment . . . The Hidden People is impeccably written, quiet, evocative horror. It's yet another must buy from Littlewood — This is Horror
Littlewood's dark and gothic style had me mesmerised from the very first page . . . a deeply compelling, fascinating novel, written in a way that had me, the reader, mesmerised also. — Book Babe Review
A masterclass in confusion — Marie O’Regan, SciFiBulletin
For those who enjoy the growing genre of dark Victorian Gothic fiction, this will prove a welcome addition, wrapped about with fogs and spirits and dangerous beauty — The Idle Woman
The Crow Garden flows smoothly, mixing atmosphere and language with effective precision . . . by far Littlewood's best, and by the looks of it, she's only going to get better. — British Fantasy Society
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