The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave

Henry James

06 September 2018
216 pages


Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector’s Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector’s Library are books to love and treasure. This edition of Henry James’s classic ghost stories features an afterword by bestselling author Kate Mosse OBE.

A young governess is employed to look after two orphaned siblings in a grand country house. Isolated and inexperienced, she is at first charmed by the children – but gradually suspects that they may not be as innocent as they seem. She soon begins to see sinister figures at the window, but do they exist solely in her imagination, or are they ghosts intent on a terrible and devastating task? The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is one of the most famous and eerily equivocal ghost stories ever written.

Owen Wingrave is the story of a son in a long line of military heroes who refuses to follow tradition, yet proves his bravery in a haunted room.

There are phrases and scenes in the book written with such skill and care and trickery as to make any reader follow it with a great unease . . . It is a very frightening story
In this age of anxiety, in which a child may be in her room and yet, through a laptop, can be anywhere in the world, The Turn of the Screw is particularly resonant – every parent’s battle to protect their children from unnamed malevolence