Diane Setterfield is a British author. Before writing, Setterfield studied French Literature at The University of Bristol, earning a bachelor of arts in 1986 and a PhD in 1993. Setterfield taught at numerous schools as well as privately before leaving academia in the late 1990s. First published in 2006, The Thirteenth Tale was the author's first published book and became a New York Times No.1 best-seller and it was published in 38 countries worldwide and has sold more than three million copies. Diane Setterfield won the 2007 Quill Award for this novel. The Thirteenth Tale is a mystery told in a story-within-a-story format. The framing device revolves around Margaret, a bibliophile and occasional biographer who works in a bookstore. One day, Margaret is contacted by the prolific writer Vida Winter, who asks her to write her biography. Vida is a successful novelist who has repeatedly invented outlandish stories about her background, adding significant mystique to the successful writer’s career. When Vita hires Margaret, she makes it clear that she will retain full control of the project. The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. The novel was adapted for television by Christopher Hampton starring Vanessa Redgrave, Olivia Colman, and Sophie Turner. Just push the play button and enjoy the free online English audiobook “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield on our website!