Sian, troubled by dark dreams and seeking distraction, joins an archaeological dig at Whitby Abbey. The abbey's one hundred and ninety-nine steps link the twenty-first century with the ruins of the past and Sian is swept into a mystery involving a long hidden murder, a fragile manuscript in a bottle and a cast of most peculiar characters. Equal parts historical thriller, romance and ghost story, this ingenious and unforgettable literary page-turner.
This new edition sees The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps brought together with its sibling novella, The Courage Consort.
* Part historical thriller, part gothic romance, part ghost story, it is further confirmation that its author is a singular talent with a unique perception of the universe. Sunday Herald * This is a man who could give Conrad a run at writing the perfect sentence. Guardian * Engrossing ... the writing is spare and evocative and Sian's slow return to health is powerfully wrought. The Times * With impressive subtlety and economy, Faber raises questions about ... the way in which the past haunts the present and the invisible undercurrents lying beneath human relations. Evening Standard * Visits the strangest of places and makes them real. Scotsman