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Orion Fiction HB October £14.99 320pp 978 1 4091 2801 4 ebook: £7.99 978 1 4091 2804 5

DIANE SETTERFIELD Bellman & Black Diane Setterfield’s long-awaited new fiction is a haunting Victorian tale of love, loss and the mystery of death. As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act that appears to have unforeseen and terrible consequences. The killing of a rook with his catapult is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. And by the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems, indeed, to be a man blessed by fortune. Until tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, William Bellman starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a bargain. A rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business. And Bellman & Black is born. Diane Setterfield is the author of the acclaimed international bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

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The long-awaited new novel from the author of The Thirteenth Tale author snapshot

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Orion Fiction • October 2013