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W&N General & Literary Fiction HB February £18.99 320pp 978 0 297 87032 6 eBook: £18.99 / 978 0 297 87034 0

‘Has a complexity that excites the mind and a beautiful simplicity of presentation that knots the heart’ – Financial Times on Mary Reilly

VALERIE MARTIN The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

A mystery unsolved to this day. A mystic who confounds the cynics. A story that will make a writer’s name. Will the sea give up its secrets in Valerie Martin’s breathtaking new novel? From the Orange Prize-winning author, a deliciously gothic new novel that will delight fans of Property and Mary Reilly and bring one of America’s finest contemporary novelists to a whole new audience. A ghost ship appears in the mist. To the struggling author Arthur Conan Doyle, it is an inspiration. To Violet Petra, the gifted American psychic, it is a cruel reminder. To the death-obsessed Victorian public, it is a fascinating distraction. And to one family, tied to the sea for generations, it is a tragedy. In salons and on rough seas, at séances and in the imagination of a genius, these responses converge in unexpected ways as the mystery of the ghost ship deepens. Intricate, atmospheric, and endlessly intriguing, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste is a spellbinding exploration of love, nature and the fictions that pass as truth. ‘A brilliant, chillingly revelatory piece of fiction’ – Ali Smith on Property Valerie Martin is best known for her Orange Prizewinning Property, and Mary Reilly which was filmed by Stephen Frears. She is the daughter of a sea captain but has never been to sea.

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Location: New York, USA Available for Interview http://valeriemartinonline.com f/Valerie Martin

W&N Fiction • February 2014