The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

“It begins with absence and desire.  It begins with blood and fear.  It begins with a discovery of witches.”

What an exciting week!  But for those of you who haven’t heard of Matthew Clairmont and Diana Bishop, I’d better start at the beginning…

this is one of my favourite tales of all time.  I remember eagerly awaiting the second and third instalments when they were published, and, of course, re-reading the previous book(s) before the publication dates – I even took the first two on my honeymoon to get up to speed for The Book of Life!

On 22nd August the cast was announced for the hotly anticipated television series, filming right now in Cardiff and Oxford.  (I am very, very happy with the casting decisions, by the way.)  So this is the perfect time to read the books before the adaptation airs.

I really can’t recommend these books enough – the characters are beautifully drawn and the plots so involving; the historical detail and scope are also fabulous.

So order your copy now!

If you have A Discovery of Witches in time for 18th September, you can join in with the global, annual real time reading.  The action of the novel takes place between the 18th September and 31st October, so you read each day’s events in real time, and can link up with other fans.

There’s more information on the real time reading here:

Please do let us know what you think of the All Souls Trilogy; I hope you love it as much as I do.


Book Jacket A Discovery of Witches

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire geneticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…


Book Jacket Shadow of Night

When Diana Bishop discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont. Now the coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematicians John Dee and Thomas Harriot. Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…


Book jacket The Book of Life

After travelling back to London in 1590, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home in France they reunite with their families – with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.




Reader Development Team


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