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Sugar Hall [Kindle Edition]

Tiffany Murray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Easter 1955. As Britain waits for a hanging, Dieter Sugar finds a boy in the red gardens of Sugar Hall: a boy who wears a silver collar.

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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.

Product details

  • 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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tiffany's novels Diamond Star Halo and Happy Accidents have been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and the London Book Award. The Guardian named her 'the glam rock Dodie Smith' and selected Diamond Star Halo as one of 'the best' in their fiction pick.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting 27 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unanswered Questions ... 7 Nov. 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A beautifully written, somewhat melancholy, haunting book that's hard to put it for yourselves and won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 29 Nov. 2014
I really loved this book and read it in three nights, seriously spooking myself at least once. There are many good things about it but what I especially liked was the character development - it was not difficult to imagine these people, nor to feel like I knew them quite well, because of the way they have been written. I also like the little "amuse-bouches" between the chapters, which give the reader a hint about what might be coming up.

It reminded me of the Woman in Black and The Others in that it's got that big-old-haunted-house-in-the-English-countryside vibe, but this had a lot more history in it, I thought, which I thought added an extra layer to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Spooky 25 Nov. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Enthralling, gripping......... Once you pick up this book it is extremely difficult to put down. The author draws you into the story as though you were a bystander witnessing the trials and tribulations of this family. At times you want to shout out to warn them what is happening. A fantastic read, the only downside is that I finished it. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a spooky tale. Definitely on par with her other books which are also fabulous. If you know someone who likes to read then this would be the ideal gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘A boy was out there,’ he whispered.......
Loosely based on the hauntings at Littledean Hall in the Forest of Dean this gentle slow burner classic ghost story set in the 1950s explores the concepts of hauntings and how the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ruby
3.0 out of 5 stars I would have liked a little more resolution with the Demerera...
Creepy and thought provoking. I would have liked a little more resolution with the Demerera character though
Published 3 months ago by Clare Carlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Unraveling her convoluted and obscure yet precise descriptions of...
If ever there is a writer whose tongue twisted prose and wordplay, adjectives and adverbs outshine the story line - it's Tiffany Murray. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
Sugar Hall is a beautifully-written novel which is all the more haunting as a result of Murray's convincing characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jayney reads
5.0 out of 5 stars and I loved that.
I adored Sugar Hall. Much more than a ghost story, it pinned me to a specific time and place. I am still in that hall now with Dieter and Lilia, the moths at the windows. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J.McCaughey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
For me sugar hall was boring and hard to get through, I gave up in the end
Published 11 months ago by J. B
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read from a talented author
I heard Tiffany read the first chapter and enjoyed the rhythm of her word combinations. I purchased the book from Foyles that evening. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I love ghost stories and this one certainly sated my desire to drop everything and read until I reached the very final page.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs S W Bunn
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