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Once Upon a River

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
'I was completely spellbound' - RUTH HOGAN

'An absolute feast of a book, which will keep you engrossed' RED magazine

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 historical mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Victorian age.

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What readers are saying:

***** ‘Pure escapism, a beautifully written story.’

***** ‘[An] intriguing and captivating tale which is utterly entrancing and deserves to be savoured.’

***** ‘[A] haunting and compelling story of hope and the power of myths and legends. I adored it.’

***** ‘It felt as comforting as the fantastical stories you read as a child yet with a darker edge.’

***** ‘I was entranced from the beginning to the end.’

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"This is magical, bewitching story telling – and so cleverly structured…it possesses all those narrative values I have always cherished…: high prose expressed with rare clarity, story for the unashamed sake of story, a kind of moral dreaminess." - Jim Crace

"I was completely spellbound by this book. Numerous strands of the same story are skilfully woven into a magical web from which I, as a reader, had no desire to escape. Setterfield’s prose is beautiful, dark and eerily atmospheric, and her rich cast of characters convincingly illustrate the best and worst of humanity. Utterly brilliant!" - Ruth Hogan

"Once Upon a River is one of the most pleasurable and satisfying new books I've read in a long time. Setterfield is a master storyteller, her language flowing with a dark magic very like the river at the heart of her tale: swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful. Give yourself a treat and read it!" - Madeline Miller

"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. It lures you into its depths and carries you along in its vividly evoked world." - M L Stedman


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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Once Upon a River
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
ISBN: 1-64358-108-2 / 978-1-64358-108-8 (USA edition)
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January 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Once Upon a River
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December 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Once Upon a River
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December 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Once Upon a River: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-7432-9807-1 / 978-0-7432-9807-0 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Once Upon a River
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
ISBN: 0-385-66333-1 / 978-0-385-66333-5 (USA edition)
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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Once Upon a River: The Sunday Times bestseller
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
ISBN: 1-78416-363-5 / 978-1-78416-363-1 (UK edition)
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July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Once Upon a River: A Novel
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
ISBN: 0-7432-9808-X / 978-0-7432-9808-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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December 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Once Upon a River
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
ISBN: 0-85752-566-2 / 978-0-85752-566-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Once Upon a River
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Once Upon a River
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Once Upon a River
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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December 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Once Upon a River: A Novel
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
ISBN: 1-5082-5677-2 / 978-1-5082-5677-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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December 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Once Upon a River
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
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Kindle Editions

December 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Once Upon a River
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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December 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Once Upon a River: A Novel
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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December 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Once Upon a River: The dazzling Sunday Times Bestseller
Author(s): Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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