A sinister tale of haunting beauty, from The Outcast author Sadie Jones.
It is the eve of Emerald Torrington’s twentieth birthday and the family has assembled at Sterne, the once grand, now crumbling, family seat. The cake is iced, the wine decanted, the house gleams invitingly.
But before the first dish can be served, a mysterious group of strangers arrives at the door. Victims of a local train accident they are seeking shelter at the house.
The Torringtons welcome them in but there is something unsettling about the group and, as night falls and a storm rages outside, the family begins to wonder if something more malevolent than stranded travellers is in their home...
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Dazzlingly well-written. The style is exuberant and extremely funny. This is a midsummer's night dream of a book, mythic and unforgettable - Financial Times
Fans of The Outcast and Small Wars won't be disappointed. Wonderfully spooky and atmospheric - Red
With its Mitfordesque dialogue and pacy plot, this is a deliciously fun read - Easy Living
Stylish, witty and inventive - Independent on Sunday
The Uninvited Guests is a bizarre and exuberant comedy of manners, combining elements of romance with those of the carnival....it is a great deal of fun, and a welcome alternative to more traditional country-house dramas - Literary Review
Beautifully written with real popular appeal, this cannot fail to be another winner - Sunday Herald
This creepy and entertaining tale unfolds around a fascinating cast of charactesr, and Jones's loving eye for period detail misses nothing - Psychologies
A creepy tale….set in a country house awash with secrets and strange happenings - Bella magazine
She takes relish in recreating a familiar Edwardian landscape, peopled by eligible cads and imperious dowagers... Jones’s highly combustible period piece makes the dramas at Downton look like a stroll in the park - Independent
What a delicious read! Like something written by a wicked Jane Austen, here is love and error in a ramshackle manor house complete with railway survivors, a birthday party and a pony. I was completely captivated by its madcap nature and then, utterly unprepared for the strange fruit that the story became. Passing like a spring fever, here is a fairy tale that stays with you long after it is gone. I couldn't put it down - SARAH BLAKE, author of The Postmistress
What opens as an amusing Edwardian country house tale soon becomes a sinister tragi-comedy of errors, in which the dark underbelly of human nature is revealed in true Shakespearean fashion. Sadie Jones is a most talented and imaginative storyteller, and The Uninvited Guests is a very clever novel - JACQUELINE WINSPEAR, author of Elegy for Eddie
Award-winning Sadie Jones' third novel is her best yet. Hugely enjoyable with a superb, supernatural twist - Tablet
An intelligent and poignant reflection on death and loss… a fabulous read - Glasgow Sunday Herald
Sadie Jones…enters new literary territory with a whimsical Edwardian farce that takes its lead from the darker offerings of Saki and JB Priestley...The novel's denouement is satisfyingly outlandish - Independent
With elegant ease, Jones spins a good old-fashioned comedy of manners - Sunday Telegraph
The Uninvited Guests is Sadie Jones's third novel. Her first novel, The Outcast ('Riveting', Lionel Shriver; 'Devastatingly good', Daily Mail; 'Gripping', Harper's Bazaar)was the winner of the Costa First Novel Award. It was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was a Richard and Judy Summer Reads Number One bestseller. Her second novel, Small Wars ('Outstanding', The Times; 'Compelling', Daily Telegraph; 'Uncannily good', Guardian) was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Sadie Jones lives in London.