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The Companion

By Sarah Dunnakey

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A beautiful and powerfully-told story of buried secrets, set between the 1930s and the present day, on the wild Yorkshire Moors. The perfect book club read for fans of Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale.

How do you solve a mystery when the clues are hidden in the past?



'Utterly charming, wonderfully creepy and rich with mystery. The Companion is a rare treat.' C.L. Taylor

The Companion is a beautiful and powerfully-told story of buried secrets, set between the 1930s and the present day, on the wild Yorkshire moors.

Billy Shaw lives in a palace. Potter's Pleasure Palace, the best entertainment venue in Yorkshire, complete with dancing, swing-boats and a roller-skating rink.

When it is arranged for him to become companion to the child at the big house above the valley, Billy leaves home to find a wild, peculiar boy in a curiously haphazard household where nothing that's meant is said and the air is thick with secrets.

Before long, tragedy strikes and fictions become tangled up in facts, yet it's left to Anna Sallis, almost a century later, to unravel the knots and find the truth.

'An absorbing mystery story, really evocative of the Yorkshire Moors and the mill. I loved the character of Billy Shaw! The story kept me engrossed and flipping the pages right to the end' Katherine Webb, bestselling author of The Legacy

'The Companion is beautifully written and so evocative of time and place...If you thought the Brontes were the most intriguing literary family in Yorkshire, wait until you meet the Harpers.' Linda Green, author of the No.1 bestseller, While My Eyes Were Closed

'Sarah writes with warmth, wit and wisdom AND she makes you want to turn the page. A rare combination.' John Humphrys

'Buried secrets, intrigue and betrayal are the hallmarks of this compelling tale.' My Weekly

Biographical Notes

When she's not writing fiction, Sarah writes and verifies questions and answers for a variety of TV quiz shows including Mastermind, University Challenge and Pointless. She has an honours degree in History and has previously worked as a librarian, an education officer in a Victorian cemetery and an oral history interviewer.

Sarah has won or been shortlisted in several short story competitions and her work has been published in anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. In 2014 she won a Northern Writer's Award, from New Writing North after submitting part of The Companion. She lives with her husband and daughter in West Yorkshire on the edge of the Pennine Moors. Follow her on Twitter @SarahDeeWrites

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  • ISBN: 9781409168560
  • Publication date: 02 Nov 2017
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Orion

An absorbing mystery story, really evocative of the Yorkshire Moors and the mill. I loved the character of Billy Shaw! The story kept me engrossed and flipping the pages right to the end

— Katherine Webb, bestselling author of The Legacy
The Companion is beautifully written and so evocative of time and place, you can almost hear the roar of the roller skates at Potter's Pleasure Palace as you turn the page. Billy Shaw leaps off the moors into our hearts while Jasper Harper lurks ominously at his shoulder throughout this haunting debut. The strange goings on at High Hob are vividly brought to life by Dunnakey's wonderfully crafted novel. If you thought the Brontes were the most intriguing literary family in Yorkshire, wait until you meet the Harpers. — Linda Green, author of the No.1 bestseller, While My Eyes Were Closed
Sarah writes with warmth, wit and wisdom AND she makes you want to turn the page. A rare combination. — John Humphrys
An engaging and totally compelling mystery — Yorkshire Post
Utterly absorbing...a great Yorkshire tale — Stephen May
A compelling tale — My Weekly
Utterly charming, wonderfully creepy and rich with mystery. The Companion is a rare treat. — CL Taylor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape
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