Skip to main page content
Event 10 of 37

Lucy Atkins

Magpie Lane

Book Group Event

Starts at: Sunday 17 October 2:30 PM
Finishes at: Sunday 17 October 3:30 PM

A truly Gothic mystery and a darkly delicious drama that explores the true meaning of family – and what it is to be denied one….

When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers.   As Dee looks back over her time in the Master’s eerie and ancient Lodging house, a picture of a high-achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.

But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why was Felicity silent?

Journalist and award-winning author Lucy Atkins’s novels have sold over 180,000 copies. Set in Oxford with echoes of M.R.James and Marjorie Allingham, Magpie Lane ticks all the boxes.

“It is a long time since I have enjoyed a book as thoroughly as I enjoyed Magpie Lane . . . it was an utter joy.”
Sarah Perry