Once Upon A River
by Diane Setterfield
Receiving an invitation to a reading of a ghost story the night before Halloween in the actual venue where the book is set was just too good to miss.
Photograph by kind permission of Transworld Publishers
So I and other book enthusiasts gathered to listen to Diane read from her latest book.
Once Upon A River is an inspired and thrilling read - Set nearly a century ago, on Winter Solstice, a mixed group assemble together at ‘The Swan at Radcot’ a local inn, where they plan to spend the evening swapping stories. Suddenly, a stranger comes staggering in, half drowned, carrying a young girl, who appears deceased. However, when the local nurse is called to the scene, she discovers the child is breathing- appearing to have miraculously returned from the dead……
A deeply mysterious, hypnotic and fantastical Gothic yarn! I recommend savouring the rich text of this story slowly giving it your undivided attention – you will not be disappointed