Magpie Hall

by Rachael King

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"There were two rumours surrounding my great-great-grandfather Henry Summers: one, that his cabinet of curiosities drove him mad; and, two, that he murdered his first wife." …read more

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Title Magpie Hall
ISBN 9781869792909
Author by Rachael King
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Random House New Zealand
Publication Date 1 May 2010
Format EPUB
Number of Pages 265
Filesize 917.1 KB
Interest Age General Audience (0-99)
Edition Main
Language EN
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Category New Zealand & Related
New Zealand
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
All Adult Titles
Historical Fiction
Horror & Ghost Stories
Modern Fiction
Fiction (Adult)

Author Biography

Rachael King is the author of two novels for adults: Magpie Hall and The Sound of Butterflies, which won the award for the best first novel at the 2007 Montana Book Awards and was published in ten languages. She has since published Red Rocks, a novel for junior readers. In 2008 Rachael was the Ursula Bethell Writer in residence at Canterbury University, and she has lived in Christchurch ever since.

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"There were two rumours surrounding my great-great-grandfather Henry Summers: one, that his cabinet of curiosities drove him mad; and, two, that he murdered his first wife." Rosemary Summers is an amateur taxidermist and a passionate collector of tattoos. To her, both activities honour the deceased and keep their memory alive. After the death of her beloved grandfather, and while struggling to finish her thesis on gothic Victorian novels, she returns alone to Magpie Hall to claim her inheritance: Grandpa's own taxidermy collection, started more than 100 years ago by their ancestor Henry Summers. As she sorts through Henry's legacy, the ghosts of her family's past begin to make their presence known.

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