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The Silk House

Kayte Nunn



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Hachette Australia
01 July 2020
Fiction & Literature; Historical fiction
Weaving. Healing. Haunting. The spellbinding story of a mysterious boarding school sheltering a centuries-old secret...

Australian history teacher Thea Rust arrives at an exclusive boarding school in the British countryside only to find that she is to look after the first intake of girls in its 150-year history. She is to stay with them in Silk House, a building with a long and troubled past.

In the late 1700s, Rowan Caswell leaves her village to work in the home of an English silk merchant. She is thrust into a new and dangerous world where her talent for herbs and healing soon attracts attention.

In London, Mary-Louise Stephenson lives amid the clatter of the weaving trade and dreams of becoming a silk designer, a job that is the domain of men. A length of fabric she weaves with a pattern of deadly flowers will have far-reaching consequences for all who dwell in the silk house.

Intoxicating, haunting and inspired by the author's background, THE SILK HOUSE is an exceptional gothic mystery.

'The stories of three fascinating women weave seamlessly together in this atmospheric book set against the sumptuous backdrop of the eighteenth-century silk trade. The titular Silk House is at once eerie and evocative as it leaves its mark on its inhabitants - and as its influence transcends time to create a mystery that is so compelling I found myself racing towards the final pages. Utterly spellbinding' NATASHA LESTER 'A haunting, atmospheric novel that is near-impossible to put down' SALLY HEPWORTH 'An elegantly woven ghost story that both chills and delights... Set in an old house that is a character in itself, this evocative tale of mystery and secrets continued to haunt me long after I turned the last page' JOANNA NELL 'Kayte Nunn has the gift of creating characters, stories and settings that become as cherished as old friends ... This book is the best kind of escapism: thoughtful, colourful and meaningful' SOPHIE GREEN
By:   Kayte Nunn
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   Digital original
Dimensions:   Height: 164mm,  Width: 234mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9780733643255
ISBN 10:   0733643256
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kayte Nunn is a former book and magazine editor, and the author of four previous novels, including the international bestselling The Botanist's Daughter and The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant. The Silk House is loosely based on a house that still stands, in the town in England where she grew up. Kayte now lives in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. You can find Kayte at

Reviews for The Silk House

Two incredibly likeable, headstrong heroines ... watching them flourish is captivating. Compelling storytelling. - The Australian Women's Weekly on The Botanist's Daughter A sensitive, atmospheric and often heartbreaking story told with real mastery. - WHO Weekly on The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant

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