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Sugar Hall Kindle Edition

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A beautiful and haunting book. Tiffany Murray is a wonderful storyteller.
- Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit

'Sugar Hall is not just a brilliantly effective ghost story. It also pries open a window on to a vanished decade, exploring the long consequences of old sins and the suffering of the exile, the refugee and the powerless. Chillingly empathetic, it s a book that cries out to be read again - and again.'
- Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy and The Scent of Death

'A shiveringly good read, Sugar Hall reminds me of the days when I used to read under the bedcovers with a torch, because I simply had to find out what happened next.
- Aminatta Forna, author of The Hired Man

'Tiffany Murray isn t quite like anyone else writing today. She's a mad geneticist of a writer, specialising in taking narrative elements we think we know and splicing them with the unexpected, giving us Emily Bronte the rock chick (Diamond Star Halo) or Stella Gibbons with a louchely 70s drug habit (Happy Accidents). Sugar Hall lingers in the mind like a half-remembered nightmare and confirms Murray's as an intensely British talent.'
- Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man

As darkly tantalising as any enchanted forest, a novel that sees a writer with the lightest of touches take on the deepest of our fears spellbinding.
- Tim Butcher, author of The Trigger

Sugar Hall is a dark tale brightly told, beautifully written and thoroughly unsettling.'
- Emylia Hall, author of The Book of Summers and A Heart Bent Out of Shape

'Tender, troubling and telling, Sugar Hall is a box of delights. With prose delicate as moth scales, Tiffany Murray has written her best book to date, a simply delicious and creepy read,'
--Jon Gower

About the Author

Tiffany Murray grew up in Wales. She studied at New York University and the University of East Anglia, where she gained her doctorate and taught. Her first novel, Happy Accidents (2005), is the coming-of-age tale of 11-year-old Kate Happy, set on a rural farm on the Welsh-English border, and has drawn comparison with Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9568 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWUB97I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
Liliana Sugar and her two children; Saskia and Dieter have moved into Sugar Hall. The hall is old, and crumbling, it's cold and full of strange objects and dark rooms, there are rats and damp. Sugar Hall is a shock for all of them, they are used to their cheery little flat in London, surrounded by friends and noise and bright lights. Liliana is a widow and her children are fatherless, the locals are curious about this German sounding woman and her two very different children. Only Juniper and John really make them welcome.

Dieter meets a small boy in the garden and it is this meeting that will change the life course of each member of this small family. This is not ordinary little boy, this is a boy with a past, with grudges, with anger, with a score to settle.

Tiffany Murray has a unique and intriguing way with words. Sugar Hall is most certainly a ghost story, but it is also a tale of long-gone slavery and sugar plantations, with hints of murder and scandal. At times the complex plot can become overwhelming in its intricacy, yet this does not take away anything from story at all. There is a sense of unease and impending disaster that hangs over each page which only urges the reader to read on, faster and with an urgency until they reach the quite shocking and somewhat unexpected ending.

Sugar Hall is a book that left me with some unanswered questions, yet the more I think about the story, the more I think that I understand. This is one of the beauties of the story; the ability of the author to create a multi-layered mystery that can be both confusing and satisfying, yet never frustrating.
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I read this book very quickly, both because it was wonderfully well-written and also because it evoked my fifties childhood so beautifully; although mine was thankfully without any ghosts.

Reading it at 3am this morning with a cup of tea, in a Victorian house full of creaks and shadows, I was both enthralled and terrified.

I love Tiffany Murray's books with her great story-telling and that sense you have with her writing of so many classic novels gathering behind her.

But this is my absolute favourite...until the next one.
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SUGAR HALL is a gripping, page-turner of a ghost story. But Murray's prose style and multi-stranded narrative make it much more. Alongside a chilling tale of a damaged family living in haunted house, are stories of slaves, immigrants and the horrors of WWII convincingly woven into the central narrative. Murray has a wonderful feeling for and knowledge of rural matters and the area in which the story is set. It's a couple of weeks since I read the book and it is still very much with me. Highly recommended.
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Intelligent, beautifully written ghost story/supernatural mystery based in and around Sugar Hall, country house in the Welsh borders, and set during 1955.

Sugar Hall has fallen into a poor state by the time key characters Liliana Sugar and her two children Saskia and Dieter take up residence. Circumstances lead to lonely young Dieter spending far too much time alone in the crumbling pile exploring the endless corridors and untended grounds. When he makes a friend, a strange little boy who seems to appear and disappear in and out of nowhere, Dieter quickly falls under his spell and the mystery of Sugar Hall begins.

Sugar Hall is complicated mainly due to it being a combination of fiction and 'fact'. Some of the plot is based on 'real' events that took place at Littledean Hall, Forest of Dean, reportedly the most haunted house in Britain, while the rest of the plot is a history/character driven mystery taking in themes as wide ranging as slavery and execution. Revenge and retribution leap up from every page and the plot leads off in many different directions.

Did I enjoy the book?. Very much. It held my attention and made me think plus; I enjoyed the dark mystery at the heart of the plot.

Not a quick read but thoroughly entertaining. Recommended.
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One of my all-time favourite ghost stories is The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, there have many others since then, and after reading Sugar Hall by Tiffany Murray I would be happy to call this a classic ghost story.
This novel is set in 1955, the war still looms large in the memories of people. Sugar Hall is a country house in the Welsh borders and is based on the haunting stories of Littledean Hall in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
Sugar Hall is in a very poor state by the time Lilia Sugar and her two children Saskia and Dieter arrive to take up residence, Poor Liliana has to put up with the freezing cold the rusty locks and the ice from the windows. There are strange rooms that are cold and rooms that are dark and forbidding. But it is Dieter that falls under the spell of Sugar Hall the young boy is lonely and spends time exploring the residence and then one day a strange boy appears from nowhere and Dieter is captivated by the boy except the boy appears and disappears as if by magic, the story of Sugar Hall really starts here. Murray really has a fabulous way at captivating her reading audience with a mix of fact and fiction as the story really unfolds.
Lilia moved to England in 1938 at just 15 years old. As with the classic ghost stories Lilia has her own ghosts to deal with and we learn more about Lilia as the story unfolds. Now with her husband Peter now dead she has inherited Sugar Hall. How is she going to cope with little in the way of money. Dieter’s new friend is now becoming more menacing and is slowly taking over. Dieters grandfather (Gerald) was a keen collector of Butterflies and Moth’s and one of the rooms they call the ‘room of death’ is clearly marked by Lilia as a ‘no entry’ room and is kept locked.
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