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The Maker of Swans


The maker of Swans by Paraic ODonnell

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The Maker of Swans

Paraic O'donnell

ISBN 9781474600378

The Night Circus meets The Tiger’s Wife meets Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in this magical and mysterious gothic debut, picked as one of Stylist magazine's Essential Reads for 2016.

Amid the fading grandeur of a country estate, Clara lives in the care of Mr Crowe, a man of many mysterious gifts, and his faithful manservant, Eustace. Free from rules and lessons, she inhabits a silent world of her own. She has her books, and her secret places.

Mr Crowe was once the toast of the finest salons: a man of learning and means, he travelled the world, dazzling all who met him. Now, he devotes himself to earthly pleasures, while his great library gathers dust and his once magnificent gardens grow wild.

But Mr Crowe and his extraordinary gifts have not been entirely forgotten. When he commits a crime of passion, he attracts the attention of Dr Chastern, the figurehead of a secret society to which Crowe still belongs. When Chastern comes to call him to account, his sinister attention is soon diverted to Clara. For Clara possesses gifts of her own, gifts whose power she has not yet fully grasped. She must learn to use them quickly, if she is to save them all.


The Author

paraic-odonnell Paraic O’Donnell is a writer and of fiction, poetry and criticism.

His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, The Spectator, the Irish Times and elsewhere. His first novel, The Maker of Swans, was named the Amazon Rising Stars Debut of the Month for February 2016, and was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in the Newcomer of the Year category.

He lives in Wicklow, Ireland with his wife and two children, and can usually be found in the garden.




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A powerful thrillerVogue

An oddly beautiful tale of magic and art, this reminded me of alain-fournier's le grand meaulnes. Cathy Rentzenbrink, Editor's Choice