New novel released October 11, 2022
FAYNE Now Available in Bookstores + Audiobook!
In the late nineteenth century, Charlotte Bell is growing up at Fayne, a vast and lonely estate straddling the border between England and Scotland, where she has been kept from the world by her adoring father, Lord Henry Bell, owing to a mysterious condition. Charlotte, strong and insatiably curious, revels in the moorlands, and has learned the treacherous and healing ways of the bog from the old hired man, Byrn, whose own origins are shrouded in mystery.
Her idyllic existence is shadowed by the magnificent portrait on the landing in Fayne House which depicts her mother, a beautiful Irish-American heiress, holding Charlotte’s brother, Charles Bell. Charlotte has grown up with the knowledge that her mother died in giving birth to her, and that her older brother, Charles, the long-awaited heir, died soon afterwards at the age of two. When Charlotte’s appetite for learning threatens to exceed the bounds of the estate, her father breaks with tradition and hires a tutor to teach his daughter “as you would my son, had I one.”
But when Charlotte and her tutor’s explorations of the bog turn up an unexpected artefact, her father announces he has arranged for her to be cured of her condition, and her world is upended. Charlotte’s passion for knowledge and adventure will take her to the bottom of family secrets and to the heart of her own identity.
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Video: 2023 Hugh MacLennan Lecture-Stories and How They Tell Themselves: Ann-Marie MacDonald in Conversation
The Friends of the McGill Library and Blue Metropolis Festival present the 2023 Hugh MacLennan Lecture, an evening with renowned author, actor and playwright, Ann-Marie MacDonald.
On January 4 2002, the novel Fall On Your Knees was introduced to Oprah’s Book Club and ultimately to millions of readers around the world. Today Ann-Marie is honoured to help Oprah celebrate her 100th pick – which happens to coincide with the world premiere of the hit stage adaptation of Fall On Your Knees! […]
Message for Oprah
On January 4 2002, the novel Fall On Your Knees was introduced to Oprah’s Book Club and ultimately to millions of readers around the world. Today Ann-Marie is honoured to help Oprah celebrate her 100th pick – which happens to coincide with the world premiere of the hit stage adaptation of Fall On Your Knees! We’ve got a video message featuring our wonderful cast – the book launched by Oprah has truly come to life. Congratulations Oprah, and thank you for being a tireless champion of books and reading.