The Other Side of Mrs. Wood
- 416 Pages
- On-Sale Date: 06/27/2023
- ISBN: 9780063317314
- Trim Size: 6.000in x 9.000in x 1.190in
For fans of The Lost Apothecary or the Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, a deliciously atmospheric historical novel about the rivalry between two female mediums during Victorian London’s obsession with Spiritualism.
Mrs. Violet Wood is London’s premier medium, a woman of supreme ambition whose and unique abilities have earned her the admiration and trust of London’s elite. Mrs. Wood is indeed a clever and gifted seer--her skill is unmatched in predicting exactly what her wealthy patrons want to hear from the beyond.
But times are changing. First, a nosey newspaperman has begun working to expose false mediums across London. Many of Mrs. Wood’s friends—and, yes, some of her foes—have fallen to his merciless accusations. Worse yet, though Mrs. Wood’s monthly séance tables are still packed, she’s noticed that it’s been harder to snare coveted new patrons. There are rumors from America of mediums materializing full spirits. . . . How long will her audiences be content with quivering tables and candle theatrics?
Then, at one of Mrs Wood’s routine gatherings, she hears that most horrifying of sounds—a yawn. When a sweet girl with an uncanny talent for the craft turns up at her door, Mrs. Wood decides that a protégé will be just the thing to spice up her brand. But is Emmie Finch indeed the naïve ingenue she appears? Or has Mrs. Wood’s own downfall come knocking at last?
Lucy Barker was the runner-up for the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize with an early partial draft of The Other Side of Mrs. Wood. She holds an MA in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College and has a passion for uncovering the real lives of women from this period. Always a dreamer, Lucy has written stories her whole life, and is a Curtis Brown Creative and Novelry alumni. Born in Sussex, she lives in rural Hampshire with her husband, two young children and dog.
"I absolutely ADORED it. Such a juicy read and written so beautifully. Charming, gorgeous, an utter delight.” — Marian Keyes
"Oh, I loved this book! Did I ever think I’d identify with a Victorian-era medium’s troubles? No! But then came The Other Side of Mrs. Wood, a delicious insider tale that charmed me with its wit, its loyalties and its betrayals. Brava, Lucy Barker. Thank you for this intriguing and so very smart journey back to London’s medium madness." — Elinor Lipman, author of Ms. Demeanor
"Engaging and wonderfully original” — Katie Fforde
"Intriguing, witty and unique. A must read!”
— Sophie Irwin
"A joy to read, completely fresh and original with a wonderful cast of characters. The ending is absolutely perfect - so satisfying! The Other Side of Mrs Wood is an exhilarating gallop through the séances of Victorian London, featuring rival mediums, dark secrets and some truly delicious double-crossing. Witty, evocative writing and wonderfully drawn characters add up to a huge treat of a novel. I loved it!” — Lucy Diamond-