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  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143774310
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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The Night of All Souls




Edith Wharton returns: spirited, brilliant, alive.

In this highly entertaining novel, Edith Wharton is variously reimagined: as a host in the afterlife, a historical figure in a modern novella, and as an elusive presence in the pages of her own writing. But when a lifelong secret is exposed, it’s almost too shocking to be true.

Hugely acclaimed during her lifetime, writer Edith Wharton is back — with the most extraordinary opportunity. Summoned to a room in the afterlife, Edith finds the manuscript of a new novella inspired by her life. A letter from her one-time editor advises Edith to consider carefully whether to destroy the work or allow its publication. Is this a chance to correct her image of haughtiness and privilege, and to reignite interest in her writing?

Edith begins reading the novella to her astonished companions; and what unfolds is a cautionary story of online fame. But as she gradually remembers the details of her life, Edith becomes fearful about what the work might reveal and is haunted by the words:

The letters survive, and everything survives.

‘Philippa Swan’s is an original voice that is articulate, humorous and disarmingly refreshing.’ - NZ Books

  • Pub date: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143774310
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Philippa Swan

Wellington writer Philippa Swan trained as a landscape architect, with degrees from Otago and Melbourne. Her nonfiction book, Life (and Death) in a Small City Garden, was published in 2001 to critical acclaim. In 2006 her award-winning short story ‘Life Coach’ was selected for the NZ Book Month publication The Six Pack. Another, more recent story was selected for the LitCrawl short story competition. She has been a freelance writer for a number of lifestyle magazines for over 15 years, including a columnist for NZ Gardener and Cuisine magazines.

‘Philippa Swan’s is an original voice that is articulate, humorous and disarmingly refreshing.' - NZ Books


Praise for The Night of All Souls

“Philippa Swan’s erudite homage takes a page from Wharton’s unheralded ghost stories: the author is resurrected in an anteroom to the afterlife, and given a novella about a woman who works at the Wharton museum in Massachusetts. Edith must decide whether to publish or burn the work, revisiting her own writing in the process. It may have the trappings of a ghost story, but the most appealing element of Swan’s novel is its submerged literary appreciation of Wharton’s oeuvre, delivered in tandem with lively elements of biography, and shades of the wit and style for which Wharton was renowned.”

Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald

“A highly entertaining read”

Newmarket


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As the launch for The Night of All Souls by Philippa Swan could not go ahead as planned our Fiction Publisher, Harriet Allan, has shared the speech she would have given.

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