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A tiny island can tell the story of a century

'Ten years ago, my top holiday read was Victoria Hislop's The Island; this summer's great escape belongs to Catherine Banner.' The Pool

'Delightful ... A captivating tale of love ... and loyalty peopled by wonderfully vivid characters.' Sunday Express

'Readers, prepare to be captivated.' Irish Independent

On a tiny island off the coast of Italy, surrounded by the sound of the sea and the scent of bougainvillea, the Esposito family have been running the bar, the House at the Edge of Night, for generations.

Over the course of a century, as the town is transformed by war, fascism, tourism and recession, the spirited Esposito women are determined to keep the doors to the bar open. It is, after all, the place where unexpected friendships are forged, betrayals are discovered and great love affairs begin.

Reviews

Sensual attention to detail builds a world of bougainvillea terraces serving limoncello – to say it’s atmospheric would be an understatement. Ten years ago, my top holiday read was Victoria Hislop’s The Island; this summer’s great escape belongs to Catherine Banner – utterly mesmerising from start to finish, even if you’re nowhere near a sun lounger.

The Pool

Whether you’re off on a romantic couple’s holiday or a relaxing day with your partner in the park - this will have you more loved up than ever. Set in a bar on an idyllic island off the coast of Italy - this tale comes with friendships, betrayals, relationships and affairs

The Sun - Summer Reads

Readers, prepare to be captivated. This is an evocatively written, enchanting tale filled with richly depicted characters. The House at the End of Night has been compared to Joanne Harris's Chocolat and Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres and Banner's tale can confidently take its place on the bookshelves alongside those novels as it, too, transports us to a magical, enthralling world

Irish Independent

Catherine Banner’s debut novel is a spellbinding summer saga... expect ancient legends, superstitions, friendships, feuds and love affairs in this gorgeously evocative Mediterranean tale that’s reminiscent of Louis de Bernier’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Culturefly

A luminous homage to the Italian tradition of storytelling … a lusty page-turner that weaves romance, rivalry and the intricacies of family expectations into one glorious tale. There are echoes of Italo Calvino in Banner's writing—echoes of admiration and love. Reading The House at the Edge of Night is like falling into a fantastical world where time stands still, yet change happens at an unimaginable pace.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A masterpiece in its own right

Kuoni Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099592631

    May 18, 2017

    Windmill Books

    480 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780091959333

    May 16, 2016

    Hutchinson

    480 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • Hardback

    9780091959326

    May 15, 2016

    Hutchinson

    480 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • EBook

    9781473535299

    May 19, 2016

    Cornerstone Digital

    480 pages

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