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Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist, born in the United Kingdom. He holds degrees in English and Philosophy. His career has included working in a bookshop, teaching English in Shanghai, working for a technology magazine in London, and writing various travel articles. He is the author of show more The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. The title in the U.S. is, The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It won the Costa Book Award 2018 category, First Novel. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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The Winter Spirits: Ghostly Tales for Frosty Nights (2023) — Contributor — 70 copies, 3 reviews


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Short biography
Stuart Turton is an English internationally bestselling author and journalist.

Turton's debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (released in the US as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) won the First Novel Award at the 2018 Costa Book Awards and has sold in 28 languages. Since publication, it has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK. In an interview, given to The Guardian newspaper, he described writing the book as "just awful".

Turton was born and raised in Widnes, England and educated at The University of Liverpool, where he received a BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy. After graduating, he spent a year working as a teacher in Shanghai, before becoming a technology journalist in London. He moved to Dubai to become a travel journalist, living there for three years until he returned to London to write his first novel.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle won the Best First Novel prize in the 2018 Costa Book Awards and Best Novel in the 2018 Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards. That same year, it was shortlisted for a New Writers' Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards, Debut of the Year at The British Book Awards, and longlisted for a New Blood Dagger and Gold Dagger at the CWA Awards.

Val McDermid selected Turton to appear on her New Blood panel at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. In 2019, it was shortlised for Best Debut Novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards and longlisted for The Glass Bell Award.



So at first I'll admit I was on the fence about this one. I had no idea what was going on. The narrator is big on only giving little pieces of important information at a time. So at first I was a bit confused about the characters and honestly even who the narrator was. However, the book eventually takes a huge turn when we get to the murder. I have to admit I didn't expect the murder to be the character it was. It was like this big twist that suddenly complicated matters, like a whole lot. Emory ends up being our characters charged with uncovering who the killer is so that they can save everyone on the island. I loved the high pressure dynamic that was involved. Emory is like the one character most of the village doesn't like so that made it even better honestly, because she's the only one unafraid to question everything.

I loved that with this one I honestly never knew the answer. We would get a piece of the puzzle and my brain would be like bam solved... only to discover that I needed another piece. I don't think I really got close to an answer at all until the last few pages when the reveal was basically coming out... and even then I wasn't completely right. Which I adored. I love a book that bests me. This one had so many fascinating elements built in with the dystopian style and all the big secrets. I mean having the entire island have no memory of what took place really added to the story. I loved that the book also was focused on the flaws in humanity and the impact it can have. This was my first time reading this author but I will for sure be checking out more books after this one. Hopefully I'll be able to solve those! I also think this would make a really cool movie honestly.
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BookReviewsbyTaylor | 24 other reviews | Jul 10, 2024 |
started out with an interesting premise but ended up way too complicated
farrhon | 306 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
LaPhenix | 306 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
This book was definitely unique and different than anything I've read. I give it four stars because it's sort of made my mind whirl, and not necessarily in a good way. However, I did enjoy the storyline and the murder mystery. I kept going back and forth on the murderer. SPOLIER: And in the end, it was a suicide. In the simplest form. But everyone had a hand in everything. And Abi, the voice in everyone's head was really the puppet master behind everything. Be careful what you create Niema. It had a futuristic feel with creating a whole species. I loved finding out more and more about them dying at 60, falling asleep immediately at a certain time, body control. Definitely interesting and sci-fi but without being overly sci-fi that I didn't like it. It did feel slow at times and I read some parts way faster than others, but overall, I enjoyed the ride and expect I'll remember this book for awhile!… (more)
Mav-n-Libby | 24 other reviews | Jul 6, 2024 |



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