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The Winter Spirits

By: Bridget Collins,Imogen Hermes Gowar,Natasha Pulley,Jess Kidd,Andrew Michael Hurley,Elizabeth Macneal,Laura Purcell,Kiran Millwood Hargrave,Stuart Turton,Catriona Ward,Laura Shepherd-Robinson,Susan Stokes-Chapman
Narrated by: Mark Bonnar,Rona Morison,Sian Clifford,Tim McInnerny
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Summary

FROM THE CREATORS OF THE HAUNTING SEASON COMES A DAZZLING COLLECTION OF NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN GHOSTLY TALES.

Featuring new and original stories from:

Bridget Collins, author of The Binding

Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies

Andrew Michael Hurley, author of The Loney

Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars

Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory

Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions

Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora

Laura Shepherd-Robinson, author of The Square of Sevens

Stuart Turton, author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street

The tradition of a haunted tale at Christmas has flourished across the centuries. These twelve stories - authored by some of today's most loved and lauded writers of historical and gothic fiction - are all centred around Christmas or Advent, boldly and playfully re-imagining a beloved tradition for a modern audience.

Taking you from a haunted Tuscan villa to a remote Scottish island with a dark secret,, these vibrant haunted stories are your ultimate companion for frosty nights.

So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the spell of winters past...

©2023 Bridget Collins, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Natasha Pulley, Jess Kidd, Andrew Michael Hurley, Elizabeth Macneal, Laura Purcell, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Stuart Turton, Catriona Ward, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Susan Stokes-Chapman (P)2023 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

'I absolutely devoured The Winter Spirits. Every story is a gem' LAURA SHEPPERSON

'Another dazzling collection. Chilling, moving and incredibly satisfying' AMANDA MASON

'Eerily macabre, hauntingly propulsive' JOANNE BURN

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  • 29-11-23

Weird and Wonderful

A perfect selections of tales for the season.

This is a disparate collection of styles although they all have a gothic feel. Naturally I found some of the stories more appealing than others as they are so diverse but that is to be expected-we have our own tastes.

But just like last year’s anthology, I loved the texts as a whole and will certainly listen again before Christmas.

The narrators were all good.

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Couldn't finish due to animal cruelty

Mindless animal cruelty in a fictional story ("Banished") is just not acceptable. Can't go on any further. At least a warning would have stopped me buying it.
The other stories were quite good, but overall not the best compilation.

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Perfectly crafted seasonal tales

Evocative stories, wonderful characters, thrilling twists and excellent narrative. A must for a wintry night.

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Perfect book for cold Winter nights

A fantastic collection of ghost and horror stories, all very different and all really enjoyable and wonderfully read.

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Great listening

Fab narrators, great mix of stories, good for fire side listening. Loved the inferno especially

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Excellent anthology

Fabulous mix of spook and Christmas cheer, lots of authors I already love in this collector and others I am going to read more of! Loved it. Narration perfect for all of the stories

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Eerie stories

The stories were all quite eerie and great to listen to for the cold months. The narrators chosen were fantastic and added to the atmosphere.

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A mixed bag.

This is a little like a Christmas box of Quality Street chocolates (although other chocolate mixes are also available). Some of these short stories are utterly compelling, some downright confounding and some very straightforward. I read this for a book club book and possibly may not have persevered had I not had peer pressure to do so. Overall it was worth ploughing through the mundane stories (the coffee creams) to savour the little gems (the toffee crackles) that unexpectedly popped up amongst them. If you like a dark gothic slant to your fiction there will be something in this collection you will love.

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thrilling and suspenseful

Enjoyable and imaginative ghostly tales. Great way to discover new authors and stories or enjoy a new tale from an author you already know.

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Worthy of setting an hour aside and cosying up with a story.

I enjoyed all the stories, bit if I had to choose only one I'd say Banished. Because it was based on a true story, it made the ending even more satisfying!
Listen to About the Authors at the end as many of them are award winners. I'm off to search for their winning stories.

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