Bookish in the Mitten

Book reviews, book recommendations, book talk, and a little knitting

  • Format: Audio, from local library
  • Author: Diane Settlefield
  • Narrator: Jane Stevenson
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Finished March 4 2020
  • Source: I checked out the audio version from my lovely local library.


This is a book about storytelling – an art that predates the written word. As such, this book, narrated by the excellent Juliet Stevenson, is best experienced in audio format. Stevenson’s unhurried style and beautifully modulated voice bring to life Diane Setterfield’s cast of characters including storytellers, pigs, horses, dragons, people both real and mythical, and a river – most of all, a river. One of the main characters is loosely based on photographer Henry Taunt, who loved and photographed the River Thames. To learn more about Henry Taunt, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Taunt.

If you enjoy flights of fancy, 19th century fiction, or stories that take place in the UK, add this book to your list.

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