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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407097732
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Set in Stone

A chilling novel set at the end of the nineteenth century, where murder and madness exist side by side...

When Samuel Godwin, a young and naive art tutor, accepts a job with the Farrow family at their majestic home, little does he expect to come across a place containing such secrets and lies. His two students are as different as chalk and cheese - younger sister Marianne, full of flightiness and nervous imagination, and Juliana, sensible and controlled. Helped by their governess, Charlotte Agnew, Samuel begins to uncover slowly why Marianne is so emotionally fragile, and in doing so uncovers a web of intrigue. But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal - and lives all around are turned upside down. Written in diary style, award-winning author Linda Newbery combines different voices and a different century with her usual brilliance and ease. These are characters full of the same passions as our own today, while living in an unfamiliar and fascinating time.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407097732
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Linda Newbery

As a child Linda Newbery was a secret writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe. Now she is a published author of over forty books, mainly children's and teenage fiction. She has been shortlisted for many prestigious literary prizes and has won the Costa children's book award. Linda lives in an Oxfordshire village and enjoys yoga, gardening, walking and the cinema.

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Praise for Set in Stone

I found myself bathing in the wonderful descriptions . . . Newbery writes with grace and immediacy

Vivien Hamilton, Daily Telegraph

A gothic romance dealing with the most taboo subject of all . . . Newbery has created a climactic period story, compelling in its description and psychological drama . . . the relationship between art and life is starkly framed

Elaine Williams, TES Teacher

Unfolds with horrific credibility and total suspense

Gill Roberts, Carousel

This novel calls to mind the writings of the Bronte sisters . . . despite or maybe because of the author seeming so unconcerned with current trends, this book works on every level. The plot is full of twists, the charcters are multi-dimensional, and the atmosphere of that grand Victorian house, with all its intrigue and hierarchy, is electric. Set in Stone is a gripping page-turner for children and adults alike

Glasgow Herald

. . . the grittiest of the winners

Daily Telegraph

Gripping page-turner . . . Don't start Set in Stone if you have plans later in the day. This is a book that will refuse to relinquich you once you've got in to the story

Sunday Morning Post

This book by Linda Newbery is beautifully written with fabulous description and expressive dialogue.

BFK Books: The Bookfiends Kingdom

The protagonists' unreliable narratives keep readers on the edge of their seats as the shocking nature of their secret is gradually, teasingly revealed in this lyrical novel

Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller

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