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Graduate's first novel is best seller

12 October 2006

A Bristol graduate's first novel went straight into the number one spot on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly charts when it was published in September this year.

Diane Setterfield's (BA 1986) first novel, The Thirteenth Tale, went straight into the number one spot on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly charts when it was published in September this year. 

The last British author to reach No 1 with a debut was Nicholas Evans, whose 1996 novel, The Horse Whisperer, was later made into a film.

It is a tale is about a naive young bibliophile drafted to write the biography of a troubled and dying writer. ‘This is a glorious piece of posh tosh, beautifully written and highly intelligent. Blissful escapism for literate (and literary) females who love an old-fashioned story,' wrote Times critic Kate Saunders.

DianeSetterfield, who is currently touring the United States to promote The Thirteenth Tale, will start work soon on her second book.

'This is a glorious piece of posh tosh, beautifully written and highly intelligent. Blissful escapism for literate (and literary) females who love an old-fashioned story'