The Telling

Jo Baker

Published: 4 May 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781846271403
£8.99

Overview

When Rachel sets off alone for her mother's isolated country house, she promises herself that the business of packing up and selling will only take a couple of weeks, and then she'll be home again, and back to normal. But from the moment she steps through the front door, Rachel feels that the house contains more than she had expected: along with the memories of her mother, there is something else, a presence - not quite tangible - trying to make itself felt. As Rachel struggles to put her mother's affairs in order, she grows ever more convinced that the house holds a message for her. Can the ghosts of the past be forcing their way into the present, or is Rachel really beginning to lose her mind?


About the author

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Jo Baker is the author of three previous novels, Offcomer,The Mermaid's Child and The Telling (Portobello 2008). www.jobakerwriter.com More about the author


Reviews

The Telling movingly explores loss, love and motherhood with the chilling suggestion of a haunting’

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‘A bald outline of the plot ... barely does justice to what's really going on here. In fact, by the time its over, Jo Baker's third (And unquestionably finest) novel will have fanned out to cover topics ranging from grief and post-natal anxiety, to the Chartist Movement and the nineteenth-century spread of autodidactic culture in the north of England ... [O]nce you become wise to its frequency, and the broad themes slowly emerge through the fine detail of the writing, this low-lit, thoughtful and impassioned story takes on compelling life’ Colin Carberry

‘A poignant story of love and loss’

‘A portrait of a heroine in search of her identity ... Baker handles it confidently’

‘Baker's deft pacing pays spooky dividends’

‘Baker's deft pacing pays spooky dividends’

‘Elizabeth's tale is vividly and superbly rendered ... Elizabeth's enlightenment through books and her tragic story of love and loss is beautifully told’ Rachel Howells

‘Jo Baker's third novel is a ghost story that moves between present day and 19th -century England ... The great strength of the novel is that you are equally concerned with both sets of characters, and their stories. Baker's spare, visual prose is a treat to read.’ Clare Colvin

‘Richly atmospheric ... A fascinating story that I couldn't put down’

‘The great strength of the novel is that you are equally concerned with both sets of characters, and their stories. Baker's spare, visual prose is a treat to read’

‘The intriguing thing here is that you cannot quite tell whether the haunted is more intruded on than the haunter ... The two narratives curl elegantly and moving around each other ... What Jo Baker has done, with remarkable dexterity, is to make this ghost story intensely intimate; it is a haunting that is all about the struggle to communicate ... It is always the sign of a knock-out ghost story when ...you find yourself caring for all the characters - whether they happen to be alive or dead’ Sinclair McKay





 
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