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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444765205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444765205
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello there and thanks for reading my author bio! I'm thrilled to be on Amazon and want to say thanks to all those kind souls who take the time to put helpful reviews on here. I've been writing stories since I was a little girl and still can't quite believe I'm a published novelist now.

My first novel THE VISITORS is published by Hodder and Stoughton, released in hardback and e-book, January 2014 and in paperback, July 2014. My next novel, Song of the Sea Maid, is due for publication in June 2015. It is set in the C18th and concerns an orphan scientist who makes a remarkable discovery.

My agent is Jane Conway-Gordon and my publicist at Hodder is Emma Daley, so do get in touch with them if you need to.

There's more info on my social media sites:

If you're interested in reading about the research that was done for THE VISITORS, have a look at the following articles:

Have a read of my book THE VISITORS and I hope you enjoy it.
Best regards,
Rebecca Mascull

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Action, drama, emotion, beautifully written and wonderfully inspiring . . . Wonderful stuff; short poignant and highly memorable. (Bookseller)

The Visitors may be Mascull's first novel, but she writes with the fluency and dexterity of a born writer, deftly

crafting an engrossing story that imbues her characters with tangible sensitivity, warmth and humanity.

(Sydney Morning Herald)

Haunting (Irish Tatler)

Powerful (No.1)

A beautifully crafted mesh of conquering adversity/hist-fict/ghost story with a murder investigation slipped in for good measure. A satisfying novel that's worth every penny and, indeed, every melting moment spent in its company. (The Book Bag)

What a delightful book. Full of action, drama and emotion, it is a wonderful, inspiring read. Furthermore the writing is stunningly beautiful. ... It is short, immensely powerful and moving. Certainly my favourite book of the month. Stunning. (

The Visitors is Mascull's debut novel and it is very accomplished... The story is one of friendship, of love and loss, of adventure and at its heart a compelling and affecting ghost story... This is the great triumph of this book - that Mascull makes us consider head on what it is that makes us human... This is an engaging, fresh story that approaches its subject matter with insight and delicacy. (

A wonderful piece of historical fiction . . . The Visitors is a beautiful tale of how friendship can transform your life completely. (

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Rebecca Mascull's first novel is the tale of a wonderful friendship, but it is also a thrilling adventure, a heartbreaking love story and a compelling ghost story.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Gray on 7 Mar 2014
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Josie-Anne Gray
Over the past year or so I have read some poorly constructed prose, some of it netting its producer millions, most of it consigned to inevitable ignominy after the wind of publicity passes. What a joy then to find myself in the company of a text written not just with vigour and attention to detail but also with a great deal of love. Rebecca Mascull’s debut novel The Visitors is a real delight for a reader who wants the pleasure of the very best that prose can offer. No clunky sentences. No excess of description. No waste anywhere. Every word hits its mark with enviable precision because the writer loves language and understands how to manipulate it to maximum effect. This skilled writer has practised her craft with intelligence and integrity in order to create a world that is both captivating and deeply moving.
The story moves at a cracking pace, helped by the writer’s choice of first person, present tense narrative style. From the opening paragraph, the reader is up and running with the text, keeping pace with the sharp mind of the protagonist and behind her the writer on a mission to fully capture the reader’s attention. Adeliza Golding’s world became the only place I wanted to be as I found myself –to submit to cliché –unable to put the book down.
The writer is unflinching in her tackling of her material; a combination of seemingly disparate threads from hop farming and oyster fishing to The Boer War, deafness and the esoteric world of ghosts, the Visitors of the title. Each theme is brought to life with powerful, visceral imagery as if to offset Adeliza’s initial deaf-blindness and then after the restoration of her sight, her silent world that teems with visual vibrancy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EssexReader VINE VOICE on 12 Aug 2014
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Adeliza (Liza) Golding was born with little sight and when she is 3 years old, scarlet fever takes away her hearing and cataracts remove her remaining sight. She is now deafblind and mute and lives in a world of confusion and frustration. As a result, she begins to run wild and the only way to control her is to physically restrain her by tying her to a chair. Her fragile mother retires to her bedroom and has very little contact with her daughter so initially Liza's main carers are her brutish nanny and her devoted father. Her salvation arrives in the form of Charlotte (Lottie) Crowe, a young woman staying with her family on Liza's father's hop farm for the hop picking season. Lottie has experience of deaf blindness and with time and infinite patience brings to an end Liza's lonely and isolated existence by teaching her to communicate and giving her the confidence to live a normal life.

This debut novel from Rebecca Mascull could be described as historical fiction/a love story/a ghost story as it encompasses all three genres. I sometimes find that historical fiction can be a bit dry however this is a beautifully written account of Liza's transition from a dark and lonely childhood to experiencing her first love and finding her place in the world.

The characters are expertly drawn and it is clear that detailed research has been undertaken. I had heard of the Boer War, although I knew very little about it. When Lottie's brother Caleb enlists as a soldier to fight for his country, his letters home bring to life the reality of war - the initial excitement of action giving way to the weary resignation of the death and destruction endured. I thought this was a very effective way of including the war in the story without making the narrative feel like a history lesson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Oct 2014
Format: Paperback
In late Victorian England on her father's hop farm, Adeliza Golding is born with very little sight. Tragically, as a three year old, and after a bout of scarlet fever, she loses her hearing and cataracts obstruct her vision even further. She becomes increasingly isolated; unable to communicate and trapped and lost in a world of darkness. Her father tries in vain to understand her but has neither the knowledge nor the patience to overcome Liza's disabilities.

In her darkness and confusion, Liza's only communication is with the visitors, ghostly visions she speaks to in her head, who bring her neither comfort or joy, but who are her only way of making sense of her dark and dangerous world. One day, Lottie, a young hop picker takes Liza's hand and begins to draw the shape of words, and suddenly the world beckons Liza in a way that she could never have envisaged.

What then follows is a beautifully written and very poignant coming of age story, in which Liza matures and grows into a strong and courageous young woman. With Lottie's companionship, Liza is able to make sense of a changing world which sees her leave the familiarity of the Kentish hop fields, and head towards the unknown territory of the Boer War. The sweep of history moves effortlessly and very cleverly takes the reader on a voyage of discovery. We view the world through Liza's eyes, which damaged though they are, offer a unique perspective on everything around her.

The overriding theme of love, friendship and survival make this one of those stories that stays with you long after the last page is turned. It is a commendable debut novel, and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
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