The Conviction of Cora Burns (Paperback)Carolyn Kirby (author)
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Short-listed for the Crimefest/Specsavers Debut Crime Fiction Award 2020
Longlisted for the Historical Writers Association (HWA) Debut Crown award 2019
To believe in her future, she must uncover her past...
With the power and intrigue of Jessie Burton's The Silent Companions and Sarah Schmidt's See What I Have Done, Carolyn Kirby's stunning debut takes the reader on a heart-breaking journey through Victorian Birmingham and questions where we first learn violence: from our scars or from our hearts.
Born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse, Cora Burns has always struggled to control the violence inside her.
Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of scientist Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to be the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora...?
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
A beautifully conceived tale, with spot-on settings and finely drawn characters -- Sandra Mangan * Crime Fiction Lover *
Kirby writes with skill and gusto -- Antonia Senior * The Times *
The Conviction of Cora Burns was featured in the Nov/Dec 2019 edition of Strong Words Magazine as a novel to look out for
The Victorian setting of Carolyn Kirby's The Conviction of Cora Burns is both familiar and strange -- Karen Robinson * Sunday Times Crime Club *
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“Atmospheric historical novel”
What a fascinating novel portraying the life of Cora Burns in the 1880s having been born in prison in Birmingham. The poverty and descriptions of life in prison and in an Asylum are very well described. Descriptions... More
“A fascinating read”
The Conviction of Cora Burns is set in nineteenth century Birmingham and is the debut novel from Carolyn Kirby. This is a fast paced, dark and fascinating read that brings Victoria England to life. The narration is... More
“Well written and quite engrossing”
I was sent a copy of The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby to read and review by NetGalley.
Set in the late 1800s this story is a carefully woven study into the relationship between nature and nurture and how... More
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