The Night of All Souls

Author(s): Philippa Swan

General Fiction | Staff Picks - Louise

In this highly entertaining novel, Edith Wharton is variously reimagined- as a host in the afterlife, a historical figure in a modern novella, and as an elusive presence in the pages of her own writing. But when a lifelong secret is exposed, it's almost too shocking to be true.


Hugely acclaimed during her lifetime, writer Edith Wharton is back - with the most extraordinary opportunity. Summoned to a room in the afterlife, Edith finds the manuscript of a new novella inspired by her life. A letter from her one-time editor advises Edith to consider carefully whether to destroy the work or allow its publication. Is this a chance to correct her image of haughtiness and privilege, and to reignite interest in her writing?


Edith begins reading the novella to her astonished companions; and what unfolds is a cautionary story of online fame. But as she gradually remembers the details of her life, Edith becomes fearful about what the work might reveal and is haunted by the words- The letters survive, and everything survives. 

A fresh and fun look at the life of Edith Wharton through her own eyes and of those on the her circle. How are we perceived after our death? We'll never know...but in this book, Edith has a chance to find out. Lou


Product Information

'Philippa Swan's is an original voice that is articulate, humorous and disarmingly refreshing.' - NZ Books

Wellington writer Philippa Swan trained as a landscape architect, with degrees from Otago and Melbourne. Her nonfiction book, Life (and Death) in a Small City Garden, was published in 2001 to critical acclaim. In 2006 her award-winning short story ‘Life Coach’ was selected for the NZ Book Month publication The Six Pack. Another, more recent story was selected for the LitCrawl short story competition. She has been a freelance writer for a number of lifestyle magazines for over 15 years, including a columnist for NZ Gardener and Cuisine magazines.

General Fields

  • : 9780143774303
  • : Random House New Zealand
  • : Random House
  • : February 2020
  • : 2.9 Centimeters X 15.5 Centimeters X 23.5 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philippa Swan
  • : Paperback
  • : 352