Born in Berkshire, Diane Setterfield was educated at Theale Green Comprehensive School and Bristol University. Her degree in French literature led her to teach in universities in England and France, where she lived for several years. Diane's previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, specialising in the writings of Andre Gide. After returning to the UK, Diane ran a business teaching French to those intending to live in France. She lives in London.
A remarkable first novel . . . a riveting multi-layered mystery that twists and turns, and weaves a quite magical spell - IndependentVastly entertaining - Daily MailAn excellent emotional mystery which I found harder to put down every night! - Women's OwnSetterfield proves a mistress of the craft of storytelling - GuardianBeautifully written - The TimesA compelling page-turner - Woman & HomeA remarkably compelling debut . . . extraordinary, unusual and atmospheric. The plot is razor-sharp - Scotland on SundayA real treat . . . like all the best first novels, this one seems to bulge with a lifetime's hoarded inspirations - Time Out