Diane Setterfield

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Diane Setterfield
Born (1964-08-22) 22 August 1964 (age 54)
GenreGothic, Suspense

Diane Setterfield (born 22 August 1964) is a British author whose 2006 debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, became a New York Times No. 1 best-seller.[1] she won the 2007 Quill Award,Debut author of the year, for this novel. It is written in the Gothic tradition, with echoes of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The rights were acquired by David Heyman at Heyday Films and the novel was adapted for television by Christopher Hampton.[2] Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Olivia Colman, and Sophie Turner, The Thirteenth Tale was televised on BBC2 in December 2013.[3]

Diane Setterfield's second novel, Bellman & Black, was published in 2013 by Emily Bestler Books/Atria in the United States and by Orion in the UK.[4][5] Her third novel, Once Upon A River, was published in 2018.

Before writing, Setterfield studied French Literature at The University of Bristol, earning a bachelor of arts in 1986 and a PhD in 1993.[6] Setterfield's PhD is on "autobiographical structures in André Gide's early fiction."[1] Setterfield taught at numerous schools as well as privately before leaving academia in the late 1990s.[7]

Diane Setterfield currently lives in Oxford, England.[8]



  1. ^ "BEST SELLERS: October 8, 2006". The New York Times. 8 October 2006. Retrieved 23 December 2006.
  2. ^ "Vanessa Redgrave, Olivia Colman to Star in BBC Drama 'The Thirteenth Tale'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ The Thirteenth Tale, retrieved 25 November 2018
  4. ^ Bellman & Black. 10 June 2014. ISBN 9781476711997.
  5. ^ Diane Setterfield - Bellman & Black - Orion Publishing Group.
  6. ^ Bristol, University of. "2006: Three graduates | News | University of Bristol". www.bristol.ac.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Exclusive interview with Diane Setterfield". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Diane Setterfield". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 25 November 2018.

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