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    • ISBN:9781474600385
    • Publication date:01 Feb 2016

The Maker of Swans

'A deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy'

By Paraic O’Donnell

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  • ISBN: 9781474601030
  • Publication date: 12 Jan 2017
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: W&N
[With much] in common with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell ... a tale about magic and art, power and responsibility ... [that will] keep the reader enfolded — DAILY MAIL
It would not be surprising if the public clamours for a second instalment of this vividly imagined and deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy - not to mention a film. — FINANCIAL TIMES
The prose in O'Donnell's first novel is glorious, combining an ear for deep cadences of language with a phenomenal acuity of vision ... O'Donnell is clearly a major talent — THE GUARDIAN
Poetic and strange, this Gothic novel is a dark, elegant celebration of the power and beauty of words and the spells they weave. — SUNDAY EXPRESS
Strange and new and captivating — THE INDEPENDENT
A charming, lyrical read even when tension is high. I admired the depth of O'Donnell's imagination, which allowed him to conjure up this enthralling tale . . . A literary feast — STYLIST
A powerful thriller — VOGUE
Wonderfully dark, magical — ELLE
Strange and beautiful - one of Stylist's Essential Reads for 2016 — STYLIST
A fabulously assured, elegant Gothic-flavoured tale — WOMAN AND HOME
A peculiar and beautiful tale of art and magic — STYLIST.CO.UK
An oddly beautiful tale of magic and art, this reminded me of Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes — Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE
Compulsive reading . . . rich, strange, beautiful — Helen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK
I devoured this book and it kept me guessing right to the very end . . . Line by line, Paraic's writing contains some of the most beautifully turned phrasing I've read in a long while — Laura Barnett, author of THE VERSIONS OF US
Dazzlingly inventive, compelling — Jane Casey, author of THE BURNING
Exquisite — Liz Nugent, author of LYING IN WAIT
The Maker of Swans combines through-the-looking-glass enchantment with Nabokovian dexterity. O'Donnell has written a mesmerizing book whose prose absolutely soars — Sandra Newman, author of THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR
Sonorous, beautifully made, disquieting — THE SPECTATOR
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