The Somnambulist

  • by Essie Fox
  • Narrated by Annie Aldington
  • 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for: New Writer of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
Some secrets are better left buried....
When 17-year-old Phoebe Turner visits Wilton's Music Hall to watch her Aunt Cissy performing on stage, she risks the wrath of her mother, Maud, who marches with the Hallelujah Army, campaigning for all London theatres to close.
While there, Phoebe is drawn to a stranger, the enigmatic Nathaniel Samuels, who heralds dramatic changes in the lives of all three women. When offered the position of companion to Nathaniel's reclusive wife, Phoebe leaves her life in London's East End for Dinwood Court in Herefordshire - a house that may well be haunted and which holds the darkest of truths....
2012 TV book club selection

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One of my favourite books.

Every aspect of this book keeps you turning the pages. Great story and great narration.
You really feel like you are back in the 1800s both of which are a credit to the author and narrator.
I've lost count of how many times I've read this book now, I don't sleep great and I find certain books help me drift off at night, this is my number one, go to book for a bed time story. It's a combination of being absorbed into the story and the tone of the narrators voice that have me comfortable and relaxed in no time.
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- Brenda

Nobody tells the truth

Phoebe has been brought up by a bible thumping mother and a carefree theatrical aunt. When her aunt dies, Phoebe is sent to be a companion to a rich man's wife in the country. Everyone comments on Phoebe's similarity to her aunt and to the man's deceased daughter. The butler appears to spend more time with the wife than her husband and the theatrical family know more about the husband than they are letting on. Poor Phoebe has to decipher who is telling the truth and where it leaves her.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-02-2012
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Ltd