We Have Always Lived in the Castle
‘Her greatest book … at once whimsical and harrowing, a miniaturist’s charmingly detailed fantasy sketched inside a mausoleum … the deeper we sink, the deeper we want to go’ Donna Tartt
Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn’t leaving the Blackwoods alone. And when Cousin Charles arrives, armed with overtures of friendship and a desperate need to get into the safe, Merricat must do everything in her power to protect the remaining family.
With an afterword by Joyce Carol Oates
‘The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable … She is a true master’ A. M. Homes
‘A masterpiece of Gothic suspense’ Joyce Carol Oates
‘If you haven’t read We Have Always Lived in the Castle … you have missed out on something marvellous’ Neil Gaiman
Her greatest book ... at once whimsical and harrowing, a miniaturist's charmingly detailed fantasy sketched inside a mausoleum ... Through depths and depths and bloodwarm depths we fall, until the surface is only an eerie gleam high above, nearly forgotten; and the deeper we sink, the deeper we want to go -- Donna Tartt An amazing writer -- Neil Gaiman The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable ... She is a true master -- A. M. Homes A masterpiece of Gothic suspense -- Joyce Carol Oates For me, it is that unique and dreamlike book ... that stands as her masterpiece -- Jonathan Lethem We Have Always Lived in the Castle is Jackson's masterpiece ... Stunning -- Elaine Showalter Manages the ironic miracle of convincing the reader that a house inhabited by a lunatic, a poisoner, and a pyromaniac is a world more rich in sympathy, love and subtlety than the world outside * Time * A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty * The New York Times * A marvellous elucidation of life ... a story full of craft and full of mystery * The New York Times Book Review *
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