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Stacey Halls: Mrs England - Part of Derby Book Festival


The Derby College Takeover is sponsored by Darwin Escapes

Nominee for the Women’s Prize for Fiction x Good Housekeeping Futures Award, celebrating the most promising female authors under the age of 35, Stacey Halls is the best-selling author of The Familiars and The Foundling. Her latest novel, Mrs England is her most compelling and ambitious to date: an Edwardian mystery set against the atmospheric West Yorkshire landscape.

Simmering with slow-burning menace, Mrs England is a portrait of an Edwardian marriage, weaving an enthralling story of men and women, power and control, courage, truth and the very darkest deception.

When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adapts to life at the isolated Hardcastle House, it becomes clear there's something not quite right about the beautiful, mysterious Mrs England.

A series of strange events forces Ruby to question everything she thought she knew. Ostracised by the servants and feeling increasingly uneasy, Ruby must face her demons in order to prevent history from repeating itself. After all, there's no such thing as the perfect family - and she should know.

Stacey will be in conversation with Dymphna Flynn, former BBC Radio 4 producer of Bookclub and Front Row.