Translations of Once Upon a River


For my readers abroad, I’m happy to share this update of plans by my wonderful publishers for translations of Once Upon a River.  In alphabetical order, my new book is currently scheduled for publication in the following languages:

Catalan Rosa del Vents mid-Feb 2019
Chinese Shanghai 99 2020
Czech Albatros Between Nov 2019 and March 2020
Dutch Orlando unknown
French Les Escales 2019
German Blessing Autumn 2019
Italian Mondadori Nov 2019
Norwegian Gyldendal 2019
Russian Atticus unknown
Romanian Humanitas 2019
Spanish Lumen mid-Feb 2019
Ukrainian Family Leisure Club by summer 2020


TV series of Once Upon a River in the pipeline

Readers of my Facebook page will already know that there is a TV series of Once Upon a River in the pipeline.  Made by Kudos, the brilliant team that created Broadchurch, Spooks and Grantchester, it can’t help but be wonderful!  I know how keen you all are to know who is going to star in it, and when you’ll be able to watch it, but it’s far too soon!  You’ll have time to read Once Upon a River several times before the televised version comes to your screen…  but given the talent of the people working on it, I know it’ll be worth the wait.

If you’re feeling impatient, there’s always the DVD of The Thirteenth Tale (Heyday Productions, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Olivia Colman and Sophie Turner) to while away the wait.   Check the format though – if you’re outside the UK it may not work with your player.

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.

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.

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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.