Manilla Press has revealed details of Stacey Halls' new novel Mrs England, out in June 2021.
Halls is the author of The Familiars as well as 2020's The Foundling. According to Nielsen BookScan, she has sold 232,874 books for £1.4m, excluding lockdown weeks, with The Familiars her bestseller, at 118,638 copies sold in paperback.
Bonnier said Mrs England would be her “most compelling and ambitious novel to date”.
The book's synopsis explains: “West Yorkshire, 1904. When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adapts to life at the isolated Hardcastle House, it becomes clear there's something not quite right about the beautiful, mysterious Mrs England. Ostracised by the servants and feeling increasingly uneasy, Ruby is forced to confront her own demons in order to prevent history from repeating itself. After all, there's no such thing as the perfect family—and she should know."
Manilla Press said: “Simmering with slow-burning menace, Mrs England is a portrait of an Edwardian marriage, weaving an enthralling story of men and women, power and control, courage, truth and the very darkest deception. Set against the atmospheric landscape of West Yorkshire, Stacey Halls' third novel proves her one of the most exciting and compelling new storytellers of our times.”
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