Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield’s new mystery, Once Upon a River, will be available in the US on 1st January 2019 and in the UK on 24th January 2019.

At the time of writing the book is also set to be published in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Norway, Romania (all 2019) and China (Spring 2020).  Further details will be posted as they come!

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames.

The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger.

In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

Or can it be explained by science?

Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

Learning Creative writing at Arvon with Diane Setterfield


I’m extraordinarily excited about this new development: in 2016 I will be teaching a week-long course at Lumb Bank in Yorkshire, England.  Lumb Bank is a gorgeous C18th mill owner’s house that once belonged to Ted Hughes and is now one of the Arvon Foundation’s centres for creative writing.  I can’t wait.  Not only do I love teaching (I taught French literature for years and miss it terribly) but I also love Arvon.  I did two courses with them when I was on my way to producing The Thirteenth Tale and it was at one of those that I met Jim Crace, the author I so admire and whose encouragement and advice set me on the path to publication.

The course is called Fiction with a Gothic Twist: Something of the Night, and my fellow tutor will be James Friel (author of The Posthumous Affair).  There’s going to be a guest speaker, Lauren Owen (author of The Quick).  It runs from 31st Oct to 5th Nov 2016 which is Hallowe’en to Bonfire night.

More info and booking details here: http://www.arvon.org/course/fiction-with-a-gothic-twist/


Launch of Bellman & Black

Diane Setterfield’s new novel will be published in the UK by Orion on 10th October and in the US by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on 5th November. At the same time Random House publish in Canada.

Norwegian, Spanish and Catalan translations will also appear this autumn.

French, Italian, German, Polish, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese editions are expected in 2014.

For tour dates, click here.

Bellman & Black Trailer

The Thirteenth Tale on BBC2 this Christmas

Diane Setterfield’s debut novel The Thirteenth Tale has been filmed this summer with Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman in starring roles.   With a screenplay by award-winning playwright and scriptwriter Christopher Hampton, and James Kent directing, filming has taken place at several fabulous North Yorkshire locations including Burton Agnes Hall and Thornton Watless Manor.

Now it’s a matter of being patient till Christmas when The Thirteenth Tale will be broadcast on BBC2.

Bellman & Black in Norway

It is only right and proper that Diane should be in Norway for the autumn launch of Bellman & Black, since it was in the mountains of Hemsedal that she wrote the first draft of the novel.  She will fly to Oslo from the Miami Book Festival, arriving on 25th November.

Bellman & Black in Spain

Spain took The Thirteenth Tale to its heart, and so Diane is delighted to be going back for a pre-Christmas visit.  Bellman & Black is to be launched on 12th December in Spanish and Catalan editions.

Here is a sneak preview of the jackets for the Spanish and Catalan editions.  Their title translates to English as ‘The Man who Chased Time’.

Bellman & Black jacket - Spanish


Bellman & Black jacket - Catalan