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HOUSE OF SPINES by Michael J. Malone

Published 31st October by Orenda Books

£8.99 in paperback original

Michael J. Malone is one of my favourite writers… A massive talent.
— Luca Veste
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‘A deliciously dark tale about the things that haunt us, House of Spines is unexpected and beautiful, and has all the gothic elements of classics like Rebecca, and all the poetry and page-turning trickery you’d expect from Michael Malone’ Louise Beech

‘From the stunning opening chapter, I was hooked. House of Spines is an intriguing tale with a haunting, Gothic quality that compels you to keep reading till the end’ Howard Linskey

‘It made the hairs on my neck stand on end’ Martina Cole

‘A spine-tingling Gothic mystery brought to life by effortlessly elegant writing. Warning: may (or may not) contain ghosts’ SJI Holliday


What you see isn’t always real…

Ranald McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who it seems has been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up.

Entering his new-found home, Ran finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick had turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for a poet. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror, there is the reflection of a woman. What secrets and scandals does the old house hold? Or is Ran’s grasp on reality slipping…


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Michael J. Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage. His latest novel, the psychological thriller A Suitable Lie was a number one bestseller. Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website www.crimesquad.com. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.


An eerie ghost story with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly…



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