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The House on Vesper Sands

(2018)
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'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' It is the winter of 1893, and in London the snow is falling.

It is falling as Gideon Bliss seeks shelter in a Soho church, where he finds Angie Tatton lying before the altar. His onetime love is at death's door, murmuring about brightness and black air and about those she calls the Spiriters. In the morning she is gone.

The snow is falling as a seamstress climbs onto a ledge above Mayfair, a mysterious message stitched into her own skin. It is falling as she steadies herself and closes her eyes. It is falling, too, as her employer, Lord Strythe, vanishes into the night, watched by Octavia Hillingdon, a restless society columnist who longs to uncover a story of real importance.

She and Gideon will soon be drawn into the same mystery, each desperate to save Angie and find out the truth about Lord Strythe. Their paths will cross as the darkness gathers and will lead them at last to what lies hidden at the house on Vesper Sands.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"Clever and funny and exquisitely disturbing, an utter joy." - Joanna Cannon

"I'm not completely sure what the word 'rollicking' means, but I can personally guarantee that The House on Vesper Sands is a rollicking good read. For a novel about grief, estrangement, and the literal stealing of vulnerable young women's souls, this book is a lot more fun than it has any right to be. Paraic O'Donnell's sheer love of his characters is exuberant and infectious; the dialogue crackles with verve and wit, and the plotting is as intricately satisfying as a heavy pocket watch. The setting may be Victorian , but in modern parlance this novel is an absolute banger." - Jon McGregor

"Like the love child of Dickens and Conan Doyle, but funnier than both." - Liz Nugent

"The most vivid and compelling portrait of late Victorian London since The Crimson Petal and the White." - Sarah Perry


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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-4746-0039-5 / 978-1-4746-0039-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-4746-0104-9 / 978-1-4746-0104-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-4746-0040-9 / 978-1-4746-0040-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The House On Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-78771-093-9 / 978-1-78771-093-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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November 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The House On Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-78771-129-3 / 978-1-78771-129-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
Publisher: Orion
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October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
Publisher: Orion
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October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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