We are so excited to see The Animals at Lockwood Manor, Jane Healey‘s debut novel, published in paperback today by Pan Macmillan.

Part love story, part mystery, it’s a gripping and atmospheric tale of family madness, long-buried secrets and hidden desires, which won the HWA Debut Crown Award and hit the Times bestseller chart at No. 4 on hardback publication last year.

Featured as one of Waterstones’ top books of 2020, and a Debut of Lockdown in hardback, the support is already building for the latest edition with it being selected as one of their best new paperbacks, complete with a gorgeous new cover.

Its various fans include author of Dear Mrs Bird, A J Pearce, who said: “Jane Healey’s excellent debut novel is a rich story full of tension and darkness. The star of the novel is the claustrophobic Manor itself, which casts a shadow over every page and hides a truly horrible secret. Atmospheric and disquieting, The Animals at Lockwood Manor is an ideal book club read.”

Erika Swyler described it as “An eerie puzzle box of a book . . . a deeply consuming read and a fantastic novel to get lost in” and Cressida McLaughlin called it “a vivid, beautiful but haunting story, with a thread of darkness running through it . . . I was thoroughly engrossed.”

The book opens in 1939, when the contents of London’s museums and galleries are evacuated for safekeeping during the war and thirty-year-old Hetty Cartwright is put in charge of the natural history museum’s mammal collection. Once she and her exhibits arrive at Lockwood Manor, however, where they will stay for the duration of the war, Hetty soon realizes that perhaps London would have been safer . . .

As some of the animals go missing – and worse – Hetty finds herself falling under the spell of Lucy, Lord Lockwood’s beautiful but clearly haunted daughter. But why is Lucy so traumatized? Does she know something she’s not telling? And is there any truth to local rumours of ghosts and curses?

Congratulations, Jane, on the next publication of this stunning novel which you can buy here – and you can pre-order Jane’s next book The Ophelia Girls now too, out later this summer.