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A haunting Victorian ghost story of love, loss and the mystery of death from the bestselling author of THE THIRTEENTH TALE and ONCE UPON A RIVER



‘Fabulous’ The Times


‘An extraordinary book that defies genre’ Irish Independent

Dark, atmospheric…utterly riveting’ Daily Mail

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, and 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.

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Praise for Diane Setterfield’s dazzling storytelling:

Wonderful, lyrical, beautifully written…kept me gripped from the first to the last page’

‘Beautifully imaged and poetic’

‘A novel of rare power…an extraordinary writer’

‘A superb novel. I couldn’t put this book down from start to finish’

‘Beautifully written, totally original and a compulsive page turner’

‘A wonderful book and one I will read again’

‘Dark, rich and gothic with a mysterious thread, I just wanted to read and read’

Reviews

Fabulous
THE TIMES
Having read and loved Diane Setterfield's first novel, THE THIRTEENTH TALE, I had high expectations for BELLMAN & BLACK- expectations that Diane Setterfield more than exceeded! BELLMAN & BLACK is the sort of story that you can't put down once you start and yet you don't want it to end either... BELLMAN & BLACK is nothing short of mesmerizing!
FRESH FICTION
This is a ghost story and while it is dark, atmospheric and full of death, what I loved was its life and colour. Setterfield is brilliant at character and setting and can make even a woollen mill fascinating and utterly riveting. A rags -to-riches tale with a spooky twist
DAILY MAIL
BELLMAN & BLACK: A Ghost Story is the second book by Diane Setterfield, and what a talented writer she is. This is an extraordinary book that defies genre. Part of the beauty of it derives from the fact you're unsure whether it is a ghost story or not... The research is meticulous and yet the many facts are blended so easily into the narrative that the reader hardly notices just how much authentic information Setterfield manages to impart, a talent she shares with Hilary Mantel
IRISH INDEPENDENT
A book that lingers after the last page is turned
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
Deftly written with gorgeous language and phrasing, Diane Setterfield's newest novel, BELLMAN & BLACK, is sure to resonate with readers... Setterfield is a powerful storyteller who leads readers with a light hand to thoughts and feelings... BELLMAN & BLACK is not to be missed.
THE HIDING SPOT
She's [Setterfield] come through with a corker, a second book arguably better than her first... If you loved her first book you should consider pre-ordering - or putting on hold at the library - Bellman & Black. Did this book take so long because she was going over it with a fine-toothed comb? Certainly seems like it. And it was worth the wait. You will love it. YOU WILL. Easily one of the best books I've read this year.
BLUE STOCKING JOURNAL