The Telling

by Jo Baker

Granta Publications | May 4, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Telling is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2.
A page-turning, spine-tingling novel about love and motherhood, and about loss and survival, that is also quite possibly a ghost story ... When Rachel sets off alone for her mother's isolated country house, she promises herself that the business of packing up and selling will only take a couple of weeks, and then she'll be home again, and back to normal. But from the moment she steps through the front door, Rachel feels that the house contains more than she had expected: along with the memories of her mother, there is something else, a presence - not quite tangible - trying to make itself felt. As Rachel struggles to put her mother's affairs in order, she grows ever more convinced that the house holds a message for her. Can the ghosts of the past be forcing their way into the present, or is Rachel really beginning to lose her mind?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.66 × 7.68 × 0.99 in

Published: May 4, 2009

Publisher: Granta Publications

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1846271401

ISBN - 13: 9781846271403

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Borrring! What was touted as a compelling ghost story turned out to be only shadows and mirrors. The story starts out well enough - a daughter inherits her mother's house and finds enough spooky happenings to suggest that more will finally reveal itself. But the past only comes close to speaking when the reader is sent back in time to find the truth. While the premise sounds creepy enough, it just doesn't add up. And you can turn the lights off now, nothing is going to go bump in the night.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting Lovely book. Will read more by this author
Date published: 2013-02-17

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The Telling

The Telling

by Jo Baker

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.66 × 7.68 × 0.99 in

Published: May 4, 2009

Publisher: Granta Publications

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1846271401

ISBN - 13: 9781846271403

From the Publisher

A page-turning, spine-tingling novel about love and motherhood, and about loss and survival, that is also quite possibly a ghost story ... When Rachel sets off alone for her mother's isolated country house, she promises herself that the business of packing up and selling will only take a couple of weeks, and then she'll be home again, and back to normal. But from the moment she steps through the front door, Rachel feels that the house contains more than she had expected: along with the memories of her mother, there is something else, a presence - not quite tangible - trying to make itself felt. As Rachel struggles to put her mother's affairs in order, she grows ever more convinced that the house holds a message for her. Can the ghosts of the past be forcing their way into the present, or is Rachel really beginning to lose her mind?

About the Author

JO BAKER was born and grew up in Lancaster, educated at Oxford and Belfast, and now teaches creative writing at Lancaster University. She is the author of two previous novels, both published by Heinemann. She is also a script writer, whose adaptation of Charlotte Bront?'s Shirley, has just won funding from the Irish Film Board.