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The Parentations

Kate Mayfield

Eighteenth-century London – the lives of the sisters Fitzgerald, Constance and Verity, become entwined with the nearby Fowler household, charged with providing safe harbour to a mysterious baby from far away.

Camden, London, 2015, December 17th – the lives of the sisters Fitzgerald, Constance and Verity, are consumed by the wait for this boy, who may or may not be dead. There is no way of knowing.

Deep within the savage beauty of Iceland, a hidden pool grants those who drink from it endless life. For those that have, their secret must remain held close for two hundred years, but time is slipping away, and malign forces are gathering.

And for those who have sipped from the pool, they discover all too quickly that immortality is no gift, because in the absence of death, true darkness emerges.

  • Publication date: January 3, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786075123
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 496
  • Publication date: March 29, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786072429
  • RRP: £14.99
  • Pages: 496
  • Publication date: March 29, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786072443
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 400


‘Spanning centuries, this is an exuberant, vividly imagined and structurally triumphant novel with a strong Dickensian undertow.’

Daily Mail

The Parentations is beautiful, innovative and atmospheric. I was completely captivated.’

Anna Mazzola, author of The Unseeing

‘Epic. Gothic. Magic. Somebody better snap up the film rights.’

Jane Harris, author of The Observations and Sugar Money

'When death is not the end, someone’s true nature will be revealed, as is the case of the ruthless, seductive Clovis Fowler in this clever story that takes the reader from Victorian London to the modern day.'

Red Online

‘The omniscient narrative flits from character to character, creating a kaleidoscopic effect that suits the fantastical nature of the story and the hurtling passage of the years.’

Historical Novel Society

‘Reminiscent of both Carr’s Alienist and Norfolk’s John Saturnall’s Feast, this debut novel is utterly compelling – acute plotting, vivid characters and writing so accomplished that Mayfield has you by the throat from the very start.’

Kate Colquhoun, author of Mr Briggs' Hat

'Mayfield's delightfully rich and uncanny novel, The Parentations, manages to be pacy and addictive, while simultaneously asking profound questions about life and death. Quite unlike anything I've ever read before.'

Ben Fergusson, author of The Spring of Kasper Meier

'The Parentations is a story told on an epic scale, taking the reader from the wilds of 18th century Iceland to present day Camden Town, and which is as much about the nature of love as it is about the nature of evil. Kate Mayfield weaves her uncanny tale with rich historical detail, creating an atmospheric read which is vivid and compelling.'

Sophia Tobin, author of The Silversmith's Wife, The Widow's Confession, and The Vanishing

'With The Parentations Mayfield has written a novel that is perfect. Excellent storytelling, characters who stay with you and some clever plot twists. To believe that this debut novel is so accomplished is proof that Mayfield is a force to be reckoned with. I am eagerly awaiting the next work of fiction that will emerge from this highly creative mind.'

Deuce Kindred's Blog

'So inventive and unexpected and original.'

Sally Magnusson, broadcaster, presenter, and author of Where Memories Go and The Sealwoman's Gift

‘An ambitious, wildly imaginative masterpiece.’

Isobel Costello, author of the bestselling Paris Mon Amour

‘A hugely impressive novel – I loved it.'

William Ryan, author of The Holy Thief

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