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Bone House Hardcover – 5 Oct 2000

3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; First edition (5 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747272255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747272250
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 18.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,596,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Betsy Tobin('s debut novel) mesmerises the reader with its gentle mysticism, carnal themes and dream-like qualities...a fine gothic novel which burrows under the skin' THE TIMES

'Remarkable...Here is an author to watch for the future' Publishing News

'A wonderful and moving novel...it deserves the widest possible readership' Iain Pears, author of AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST

'Bone House is a wonderuful and moving novel, with an assured grasp of character, story and history. It deals with the sort of people normally ignored by historians and historical novelists alike, and brings to life the poor and the marginal of the past without ever sentimentalising them. It deserves the widest possible readership' Iain Pears, author of AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST

'This carnal story is a captivating debut' Good Book Guide

'Wonderful!... a compelling mystery... poignant and gripping' Tracy Chevalier, author of GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

'An entertaining and highly original first novel' Harpers and Queen

'Vividly compelling...a brilliant debut' The Lady

Taut and assured...[a] seductive story' Publishers Weekly

'Tobin writes imaginatively of shadowy passions...[an] involving story' The Times (Play section)

'Tobin's neatly measured prose cuts through a tangle orf dark and dirty secrets...with pearly clarity....her writing has weight and resonance. A compelling story of haunted lives' Time Out

'Remarkable...Here is an author to watch for the future' PUBLISHING NEWS

'Finely put together...a sober fairy-tale' Observer

'Entertaining and highly original' Harpers and Queen

'This beautiful, tense and moving first novel' Le Monde

'Poetic [and] haunting' Booklist

'Wonderfully real...a surprisingly delicate murder mystery, tempered by great detail and remarkable control' Los Angeles Times

'Strong on atmosphere and will appeal to devotees of the gothic romance' Guardian

'[An] eloquently written tale of love, lust and sorcery - and the darker places we are often forced to confront...a jolly good read' Mslexia

'Betsy Tobin draws us deeply into the seldom illuminated world of the Elizabethan underclasses. Her characters who, in other novels, are generally rendered in broad strokes--the prostitute, the midwife, the lady's maid, the village idiot--are here painted in vivid hue and detail. She has captured not only the language, but the harsh reality experienced by the majority of England's population. A seventeenth century Upstairs, Downstairs' Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn and The Queen's Bastard

' From the opening pages of Bone House, I found myself utterly engrossed. How deftly Betsy Tobin transports us the sixteenth century and how lucidly she spins her complex tale of obsession and superstition. This is a beautiful and suspenseful novel'- Margot Livesey, author of The Missing World and Criminals

'Wonderful!...a compelling mystery...poignant and gripping' Tracy Chevalier, author of GIRL WITH A
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'Strong on atmosphere and will appeal to devotees of gothic romance' Guardian

'Finely put together...a sober-fairy' Observer

'Tobin's mesmeric tale...Filled with superstition and desire, murder and medicine, this is a fable with a darkly modern edge' DAILY Mail

'Betsy Tobin['s]...debut novel mesmerises the reader with its gentle mysticism, carnal themes and dream-like qualities...a fine gothic novel which burrows under the skin' The Times

'[A] carefully crafted and darkly compelling tale' The Big Issue in the North

'A gripping narrative...a tale shimmering with psychological dept' New York Times

'Elegant, sensual and unputdownable' Buzz

'An extraordinary, shocking fantasy that locks the reader in its mordant grip... A darkly mesmerising debut from a writer who promises to astonish us further' Yorkshire Post

'Tobin's neatly measured prose cuts through a tangle of dark and dirty secrets...with pearly clarity...her writing was weight and resonance. A compelling story of haunted lives' Time Out

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A gripping, gothic, carnal and very elegant debut by an extraordinary literary voice.

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