Sarah Rayne


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in The United Kingdom
April 12, 1947

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Aka Frances Gordon, Bridget Wood

After a convent education, which included writing plays for the Lower Third to perform, Sarah Rayne embarked on a variety of jobs, but - probably inevitably - returned again and again to writing. Her first novel appeared in 1982, and since then her books have also been published in America, Holland and Germany.

The daughter of an Irish comedy actor, she was for many years active in amateur theatre, and lists among her hobbies, theatre, history, music, and old houses - much of her inspiration comes from old buildings and their histories and atmospheres. To these interests, she adds ghosts and ghost stories, and - having grown up in the Sixties - good conversation around a well-stocked dinner table.

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A Dark Dividing

3.85 avg rating — 1,442 ratings — published 2004 — 10 editions
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Property of a Lady (Nell We...

3.77 avg rating — 828 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Roots of Evil

3.83 avg rating — 553 ratings — published 2005 — 8 editions
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Ghost Song

3.78 avg rating — 591 ratings — published 2009 — 9 editions
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Spider Light

3.69 avg rating — 519 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
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The Death Chamber

3.82 avg rating — 505 ratings — published 2008 — 13 editions
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House of the Lost

3.66 avg rating — 489 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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The Silence

3.74 avg rating — 434 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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Tower of Silence

3.84 avg rating — 420 ratings — published 2003 — 6 editions
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The Sin Eater

3.56 avg rating — 460 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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“There is somehow something extraordinarily alluring about the scent of old paper, and the feel of brittle pages.  It’s a gateway opening onto the past; it’s a hand stretching out from the long-ago to clasp yours.”
Sarah Rayne, The Forgotten Manuscript and The Unknown Crime. Two short stories.

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