The Birdcage Library

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Author: Freya Berry

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Headline Review

ISBN: 9781472276391

RRP: $24.99


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A diary hidden. A crime buried. A secret to be freed…

‘A delicious page-turning mystery within a mystery’ LIZ HYDER

‘A twisty treasure hunt of a novel… Utterly beguiling’ LIZZIE POOK

‘It glistens with a hint of the danger that lurks within‘ CHARLOTTE PHILBY

‘Claustrophobic and clever’ JANE SHEMILT


Dear Reader, the man I love is trying to kill me…

1932. Emily Blackwood, a young adventuress and plant hunter, travels north for a curious new commission. A gentleman has written to request she catalogue his vast collection of taxidermied creatures before sale.

On arrival, Emily finds a ruined castle, its owner haunted by the memory of a woman who disappeared five decades before. And when she discovers the ripped pages of an old diary, crammed into the walls, she realises a dark secret lies here, waiting to entrap her too…

‘Beautiful writing, thrilling plot and a literary treasure hunt – all my favourite things’ ANNA MAZZOLA

‘Outstanding. Lovers of crime, mystery and intrigue should order this immediately’ HARPER’S BAZAAR

Wonderfully gothic and immersive’ NEW EUROPEAN

‘An atmospheric read – add in a literary treasure hunt and this is irresistible’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

‘Very clever. Keeps you glued until the final twist’ WOMAN & HOME

Compulsive. A twisty, atmospheric tale of dark secrets and hidden clues‘ KATE HAMER

‘Gorgeous, atmospheric; an immersive page-turner to be swept up in’ ELLERY LLOYD

‘Addictive. Beautifully atmospheric and darkly compelling, this tale of murder and obsession will keep you guessing until the final page’ HEAT

‘A most intriguing detective story within the most gothic of atmospheres – a double shiver of pleasure’ THE CHAP

Freya Berry studied English Literature at Cambridge. She graduated with a double first and worked as a financial and political journalist at Reuters and the Daily Mail in London and New York. Her debut novel The Dictator’s Wife was inspired by the close observation of the wives of some of the world’s most powerful leaders. It was featured on the BBC’s Between the Covers and was The New European‘s novel of the year. Freya lives in London.

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