Barry Forshaw writes: when delivering my Best of the Year for the FT, I’m often asked if I have any ‘books to look out for in 2019’  — and I already have at least one for next year. The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby — I suspect that will be one of the standout novels for 2019. It’s a haunting, gothic tale, with a compelling main character, a gritty and authentic setting of 1885 Birmingham, and should appeal to fans of such books as The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell.

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