The Manningtree Witches (Hardback)
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The Manningtree Witches (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 04/03/2021
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A visceral and gripping debut novel from poet A. K. Blakemore, The Manningtree Witches takes the reader into the midst of the Puritan regime and harrowing witch trials of seventeenth-century England.

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2021

Fear and destruction take root in a community of women when the Witchfinder General comes to town, in this dark and thrilling debut.

England, 1643. Parliament is battling the King; the war between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers rages. Puritanical fervour has gripped the nation, and the hot terror of damnation burns black in every shadow.

In Manningtree, depleted of men since the wars began, the women are left to their own devices. At the margins of this diminished community are those who are barely tolerated by the affluent villagers - the old, the poor, the unmarried, the sharp-tongued.

Rebecca West, daughter of the formidable Beldam West, fatherless and husbandless, chafes against the drudgery of her days, livened only by her infatuation with the clerk John Edes. But then newcomer Matthew Hopkins takes over the Thorn Inn and begins to ask questions about the women of the margins. When a child falls ill with a fever and starts to rave about covens and pacts, the questions take on a bladed edge.

The Manningtree Witches plunges its readers into the fever and menace of the English witch trials, where suspicion, mistrust and betrayal ran amok as the power of men went unchecked and the integrity of women went undefended. It is a visceral, thrilling book that announces a bold new talent.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783786435
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 391 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 18 mm

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“Witch hunts in Essex”

It is 1643; the English Civil War rages and the women are left to eke out what few resources they have.
We are transported vividly into the Essex country villages and into the lives of dirt poor Rebecca West, and her... More

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“Stunning tale of witchcraft”

The Manningtree Witches by A.K Blakemore is a stunning tale of the Manningtree witch trials orchestrated by infamous witchfinder general Matthew Hopkins. Set in Essex, England in 1643, the story centres on the lives... More

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“A Vindication of Witches”

Based, in foundation, on the few records that are held about a group of women from Manningtree (and its surrounding villages) who were accused of witchcraft and executed for their 'crimes. A.K. Blakemore has... More

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