Part love story, part mystery, The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey is a gripping and atmospheric tale of family madness, long-buried secrets and hidden desires. A ghostly, gothic love story perfect for fans of Sarah Waters, Stacey Halls, and Jessie Burton.

Some secrets are unspoken. Others are unspeakable . . .

August 1939.

Thirty-year-old Hetty Cartwright is tasked with the evacuation and safekeeping of the Natural History Museum’s collection of mammals. Once she and her exhibits arrive at Lockwood Manor, however, where they are to stay for the duration of the war, Hetty soon realises that she’s taken on more than she’d bargained for.

Protecting her charges from the irascible Lord Lockwood and resentful servants is work enough, but when some of the animals go missing, and worse, Hetty begins to suspect someone – or something – is stalking her through the darkened corridors of the house.

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


Enjoy a delicious cream tea in the company of debut author Jane Healey and The Animals at Lockwood Manor. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Thursday 26 March
All Saints Church, Penarth
2.00 pm (doors open 1.30 pm)
Tickets: £15.00 – includes a personally signed hardback copy of the book and cream tea following the talk