‘The Wind off the Small Isles’ by Mary Stewart
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‘The Wind off the Small Isles’ by Mary Stewart

PA Perdita is accompanying her employer, bestselling children’s novelist Cora Gresham, on a fact-finding trip to the Canary Islands. When driving through Lanzarote, they stumble across a house which Cora takes an instant shine to, and decides she wants to buy. Unfortunately, it transpires, the house is already owned by critically acclaimed playwright James Blair, … Continue reading

‘Mistress of Mellyn’ by Victoria Holt
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‘Mistress of Mellyn’ by Victoria Holt

Martha Leigh travels to Cornwall to take up a post as a governess. She does not meet her employer, widower Connan TreMellyn, for some time, but she does meet his daughter, the extremely ‘difficult’ Alvean. When she learns of Alvean’s mother’s mysterious passing, Martha begins to understand the child’s temperament a little better. Things seem … Continue reading

‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ by Sarra Manning
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‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ by Sarra Manning

Neve Slater has been pining for handsome intellectual William since she first met him studying English literature at university. For the last three years, William has been living in LA, and during that time, Neve has been determinedly ‘improving’ herself, in the hope that, on his return, William will fall instantly into her arms, and … Continue reading

‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ by Shirley Jackson
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‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ by Shirley Jackson

Often referred to as Shirley Jackson’s finest work, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a gothic and atmospheric novella. Mary Katherine ‘Merricat’ Blackwood lives with her elder sister Constance and decrepit Uncle Julian in their grand and isolated family home. Constance never leaves the house, and rarely receives visitors. On Merricat’s dreaded yet … Continue reading