Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Trespass, Italian Fever, The Great Divorce, Mary Reilly and the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction winner, Property. She has also published three collections of short fiction. Martin presents The Ghost of Mary Celeste, a captivating, atmospheric piece of historical fiction. In 1872, the American merchant vessel Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain: her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found. This maritime mystery lies at the centre of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late 19th-century literary society.