My book should smell of pines and resound with the hum of insects. The swallow over my window should interweave that thread or straw he carries in his bill into my web also.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


About the author

Ann Lee fell in love with Darking as a young woman, when she discovered it whilst on a futile search for clues about Jane Austen’s visits to Surrey. Darking’s stories haunted her for years until she had no choice but to write them down.

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