At an ancient inn on the Thames in 1887, an injured man falls through the door carrying the drowned body of a small girl. When she later starts to breathe, the story also comes to life, as three different families arrive to claim her, each with their own fascinating tale. I was completely absorbed by the lyrical descriptions of the landscape, people and myths of the time, in this superb new novel from the author of the magical Thirteenth Tale.
- Recommended by Aoife Roantree, Dubray Stillorgan
A dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield's bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.