Publisher: Head of Zeus
4th April 2019
Inspired by a series of real events and fuelled by secrets from her maternal past: from Michelle’s sighting of a murmuration of starlings on a Suffolk marsh; to the discovery of a battered copy of The Book of Margery Kempe by a 15th Century mystic; to the story of the Wenhaston Doom, a medieval painting of the Last Judgement; to the real-life story of Richard Dadd, the Victorian murderer and artist; this is Michelle Paver’s most evocative and personal masterpiece to date.
In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens; a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard primeval secrets. Here, Maud grows up as a lonely child without a mother, ruled by her repressive and emotionally-absent historian father.
When Maud’s father finds a painted medieval ‘Doom’ in a graveyard, an ancient evil is disturbed, and her battle begins. In a world steeped in witchcraft, legend and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past, Maud must find a way, not only to survive, but to fly free.
Praise for Michelle Paver
‘Michelle Paver is the mistress of suspense’ – The Times
‘A tale of terror and beauty and wonder’ – Financial Times
‘A heart-freezing masterpiece’ – The Guardian
‘A blood-curdling ghost story’ – Daily Mail
‘A story of horror and beauty’ – Sunday Telegraph
‘A deeply affecting tale of mental and physical isolation’ – Sunday Times
‘Evocative, chilling and superbly unsettling’ – The Bookseller
‘A tense and strangely beautiful narrative’- Metro
‘A heart-freezing masterpiece’ – The Observer
‘This vivid ghost story reads like a classic’ – Sunday Mirror
‘Chilling in every sense’ – Mail on Sunday
‘A creepy, compelling tale’ – Good Housekeeping
About the Author
Michelle Paver is an international bestselling author with over 3 million copies of her books sold in 37 countries across the globe. She writes for both adults and children and her work includes two of the most critically and commercially acclaimed ghost stories of modern times, Dark Matter and Thin Air and the prize-winning, million copy selling, children’s series, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.
Born in Malawi, Michelle Paver came to England as a child. She studied Biochemistry at Oxford University before becoming a partner in a City of London law firm. She began to write after her father’s death prompted her to take a one-year sabbatical. She has never looked back. Known for her extensive research, Wakenhyrst was inspired by the rich and haunting folklore of the Suffolk fens, chance encounters, and both the personal and universal stories of women’s quest for independence.