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Bone China

(2019)
(The House of Whispers)
A novel by

 
 
A gothic tale set in a rambling house by the sea in which a maid cares for a mute old woman with a mysterious past, alongside her superstitious staff--from the author of The Silent Companions.

A perfect spooky read!

Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr. Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the disease in the caves beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm.

Forty years later, Hester arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralyzed and mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try to escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.

Laura Purcell's THE SHAPE OF DARKNESS is now out from Penguin!

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"If Charles Dickens and Emily Brontë had a love-child, it would be Laura Purcell. Bone China is a deliciously creepy novel full of rambling houses, storm-soaked nights, sinister secrets and hidden agendas that kept me turning the pages." - Lorna Cook

"Menacing, macabre and utterly gripping. Laura Purcell has done it again." - Essie Fox

"Laura is a masterful writer, her deliciously gothic stories so skillfully woven that you can't get them out of your head even if you wanted to." - Stacey Halls

"A brilliantly atmospheric and chilling tale and I raced through the pages hardly daring to find out what would happen next! Laura's characters and the world they inhabit are compelling, unsettling and richly drawn. A fabulous tale!" - Ruth Hogan

"This is an absolute treat, all wrapped up in Laura Purcell's gorgeous and compelling prose. I would very happily be pixy-led for days through the pages of this book!" - Alison Littlewood

"So many books are hyped up as being the next Jamaica Inn or the next Rebecca, but Bone China really is, and I think Queen Daphne might have to hand over the crown to Queen Laura. The research was just exquisite ... A cut above anything else I've read this year." - Natasha Pulley

"I absolutely loved it! I raced through it, transfixed, as the gloomy and atmospheric Morvoren House offered up its chilling secrets. Laura spins her plot with all the mischievous cunning of a Cornish Fairy." - Sonia Velton

"I absolutely loved it. Sublime gothic atmosphere, completely gripping story and I honestly didn't expect it to hit me so hard emotionally. It's not just that I couldn't put it down, I just couldn't let go of those characters." - Martyn Waites


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Hardback Editions

September 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bone China: A wonderfully atmospheric tale for winter reading
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-5266-0253-9 / 978-1-5266-0253-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bone China: A wonderfully atmospheric tale for winter reading
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-5266-0250-4 / 978-1-5266-0250-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
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June 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House of Whispers
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 0-14-313553-8 / 978-0-14-313553-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
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January 2020 : Paperback
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Title: Bone China A wonderfully atmospheric tale for winter reading Paperback 2 April 2020
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Generic
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September 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bone China: A wonderfully atmospheric tale for winter reading
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-5266-0252-0 / 978-1-5266-0252-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The House of Whispers: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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June 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The House of Whispers: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bone China
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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October 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Bone China
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bone China
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The House of Whispers: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bone China: A wonderfully atmospheric tale for winter reading
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU