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This is an auction for MAGPIE HALL by Rachael King.

"Rosemary Summers is a collector of tattoos and vintage clothing, and an amateur taxidermist. Grappling with her unfinished thesis on the Gothic Victorian novel and grieving the death of her beloved grandfather, she returns to Magpie Hall alone to collect her inheritance – her grandfather’s taxidermy collection, started by her great-great grandfather Henry Summers more than 100 years ago. However, his legacy extends beyond mere taxidermy and leads to a cabinet of Victorian curiosities; a proverbial ‘Pandora’s Box’. Will it explode the lid on the secret lives of Henry Summers and his wife, Dora, and throw a new light on her mysterious disappearance? A modern-day ghost story with a twist, this is story-telling at its most visceral and sublime. Magpie Hall is a multi-layered story; a delectable Gothic novel inside a ghost story inside a Gothic novel. Rachael King brings a sharp, dark edge to this literary drama and a playfulness to the genre of the Gothic novel. She recalls the ghostly spirit of Wuthering Heights and evokes past and present-day New Zealand with intelligence and ease."

Amazon.com review:

"FIVE STARS!!! Highly recommended read; treads the fine line between literary fiction and page-turner. I bought this (for Kindle) immediately after finishing The Sound of Butterflies (by the same author); both gripped me so completely that I could barely concentrate on anything else until they were finished. The most vivid and memorable books I have read lately."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2009.

263 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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