Winner of Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Awards: General Fiction Book of the Year 2011
The discovery of a long-lost letter reveals an old secret and the truth behind a woman's mysterious past in the best-selling new novel from international publishing sensation, Kate Morton, author of The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden.
'The suspense will have you turning the pages long into the night.' Good Reading, 4 stars
'The Distant Hours is an engrossing tale full of secrets waiting to be told.' Bookseller & Publisher, 4 stars
Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long-lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother's emotional distance masks an old secret.
Evacuated from London as a thirteen-year-old girl, Edie's mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters and their father, Raymond, author of the 1918 children's classic The True History of the Mud Man. In the grand and glorious Milderhurst Castle, a new world opens up for Edie's mother. She discovers the joys of books and fantasy and writing, but also, ultimately, the dangers.
Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother's riddle, she, too, is drawn to Milderhurst Castle and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiance in 1941 plunged her into madness.
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother's past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.
About the Author
Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. Her first novel, The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, was a number one bestseller in 2007. The Forgotten Garden, her second novel, was also a bestseller in Australia, the UK, the US and in many European countries. On simultaneous publication of The Distant Hours in Australia, the UK and US in November 2010, Kate's third novel became an immediate bestseller.
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 1st November 2011
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1