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    – Could you keep a secret your entire life? –

Summer 1924: On the night of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand 
English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters 
Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, onetime housemaid 
of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making 
a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace’s mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

Set as the Edwardian summer finally surrenders to the decadent twenties, The House at Riverton is the multimillion-copy bestselling novel, and one of the most successful debuts of all time.

  • Sunday Times #1 Bestseller | New York Times Bestseller
  • 2007 Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year (winner)
  • 2008 National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year, UK (short-listed)
  • 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards (winner)


‘Morton triumphs with a riveting plot, a touching but tense love story and a haunting ending.’ — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

‘An extraordinary debut . . . written with a lovely turn of phrase. [Morton] knows how to eke out tantalizing secrets and drama.’ — Sunday Telegraph (UK)

‘Full of lovely writing, grand houses, snobbery, cruelty and passion, this compelling mystery-cum-love story . . . is utterly addictive . . . A brilliant Australian debut.’ — Australian Women’s Weekly

‘An extremely accomplished mystery story . . . haunting and enthralling . . . exquisite not only in the writing but also in the structure.’ — Good Reading

‘ [A] thoroughly engrossing read, beautifully written with the occasional flash of humour. It is some time since I found a novel so satisfying.’ — SA Life

‘[B]oth an atmospheric murder mystery and a family saga that beautifully evokes a past era . . . This is an enthralling tale about the extremes people go to in the name of love and duty.’ — Next

‘A stunning must-read story that’s set for stardom.’ — Time Out

‘[O]ne of those novels which act on the reader somewhat like Pringles crisps. You may not intend to stay up until 3am, but there you are, turning the pages faster and faster, pretending the alarm clock isn’t set for 7am.’ — Irish Times