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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sadie Jones Narrator: Kate Readin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honor of Emerald Torrington’s twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor—and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief.

The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors is not invited to taste. But nothing, it seems, will go according to plan. As the passengers wearily search for rest, the house undergoes a strange transformation. One of their number (who is most definitely not a gentleman) makes it his business to join the birthday revels.

Evening turns to stormy night, and a most unpleasant parlor game threatens to blow respectability to smithereens: Smudge Torrington, the wayward youngest daughter of the house, decides that this is the perfect moment for her Great Undertaking.

The Uninvited Guests is the bewitching new novel from the critically acclaimed Sadie Jones. The prizewinning author triumphs in this frightening yet delicious drama of dark surprises—where social codes are uprooted and desire daringly trumps propriety—and all is alight with Edwardian wit and opulence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Uninvited Guests is at once a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class. It is so well-written, so intricately plotted, that every page delivers some new astonishment. It is a brilliant novel.”

    Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder

  • “What opens as an amusing Edwardian country house tale soon becomes a sinister tragicomedy of errors, in which the dark underbelly of human nature is revealed in true Shakespearean fashion. Sadie Jones is a most talented and imaginative storyteller, and The Uninvited Guests is a very clever novel.”

    Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of Elegy for Eddie

  • “What a delicious read! Like something written by a wicked Jane Austen, here is love and error in a ramshackle manor house complete with railway survivors, a birthday party, and a pony. I was completely captivated by its madcap nature and then utterly unprepared for the strange fruit that the story bore. Passing like a spring fever, here is a fairy tale that stays with you long after it is gone. I couldn’t put it down.”

    Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author The Postmistress

  • “A delicious tea sandwich of genres set in post-Edwardian England…The author’s command of period archness tips its hat to a pantheon of social satirists: Luis Buñuel in cahoots with Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen. Jones’ caustic takedown of 1-percenter exceptionalism arrives like a divine gift to occupying party poopers everywhere.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Downton Abbey meets The Twilight Zone in Sadie Jones’ exhilaratingly strange and darkly funny drawing-room dramedy…The dinner party veers off in a wildly surprising direction, and the way it plays out is delightful, sexy, moving—even profound. The Uninvited Guests will haunt you—but happily.”

    USA Today

  • “Vividly atmospheric…Niftily deceptive…A story of shattered snobbery, transformation of character, and in the end a surprising and eerily beautiful portrait of compassion…A sublimely clever book.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[A] remarkable dark comedy…Jones’ characters are delightfully eccentric, the wit delightfully droll, and the prose simply delightful. But for all its charm, this is a serious book.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Excellent characterization combines with a plot sprinkled with hints of secrets to be revealed produce a page-turning read that blurs the edges of the country house mystery.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • Selected for the May 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katrina | 2/20/2014

    " Odd little book.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara Green | 2/9/2014

    " The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones is an unusual story which I enjoyed immensely. In fact it made me laugh out loud on occasion which is a sign, I think, of really good writing. I notice other reviewers have outlined the story so suffice it to say that in my opinion it's well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jo Marengere | 1/28/2014

    " Fun to read - a good book for the Halloween season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laney | 1/22/2014

    " A book that started off a little odd, turning into slightly creepy, became an actual delight to read! "

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About the Author
Author Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones’ first novel, The Outcast, was published to wide critical acclaim and won the Costa First Novel Award in Great Britain. It was also a finalist for the prestigious Orange Prize, as well as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. The novels that followed were also well received. She lives in London.