The Dance Tree (Paperback)
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The Dance Tree (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 27/04/2023
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From the author of The Mercies comes an enthralling, highly atmospheric historical novel set in 16th-century Strasbourg that revolves around the outbreak of a bizarre plague and its repercussions on a small, close-knit group of women.

The gripping new novel from Kiran Millwood Hargrave, the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mercies.

Lisbet is pregnant, and frightened she will lose this child, too, when the arrival of a stranger upends her world, and promises to change her understanding of love forever.

Ida's life seems simple - she is married, her family fully formed - but a buried secret threatens to destroy her peaceful existence.

Nethe has just returned from years in exile, punishment for a crime no one will name.

As a mysterious dance plague takes hold of the city of Strasbourg, all three women become entangled in a web of deceit and clandestine passion that has them dancing to a dangerous tune.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529005189
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 221 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Extraordinary . . . enthralling . . . An exceptionally atmospheric, original story - Sunday Times, Historical Fiction Book of the Month

Unusual and beautifully written, and the questions it raises about faith and love linger - The Times

Exceptionally brilliant. Immersive, sensual, compelling and totally convincing. Accessible, ambitious, The Dance Tree deserves to win prizes - Marian Keyes

An intriguing, haunting novel pulsing with raw, beautiful emotion . . . a novel in which female courage and resilience shines brightly against a brilliantly evoked backdrop of claustrophobic horror - Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

I absolutely loved this book . . . an exceptionally beautiful portrait of women from the past, told in the most spellbinding prose - Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den

Millwood Hargrave has a masterly ability to summon the past to the page. The Dance Tree vibrates with urgency; [a] vivid, compassionate evocation of women and their desires in a time of patriarchal control - Hannah Kent, bestselling author of Burial Rites

Stunning . . . There is so much pain and grief and loss in it, yet in the end, it all comes back to the redemptive power of love. Sensual, gripping, moving - Louise O'Neill, bestselling author of Idol

If some prose sings, Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s truly dances . . . the book’s wisdom, compassion, and beauty transcend historical boundaries: this is a timeless novel - Hernan Diaz, author of TRUST

Amazing . . . incredible . . . I was drawn in right away - Sara Cox, BBC Between the Covers

Exploring themes of motherhood, misogyny, the patriarchy and forbidden love, the author utilises this moment in history as a great catalyst for examining issues that are still central to our contemporary concerns. - Irish Times

The Dance Tree hums with intrigue, grief and rebellion, oozes tenderness and love. Fierce as Lisbet’s bees, delicious as honey. A raw, intoxicating novel - Joanne Burn, author of The Hemlock Cure

I just loved it . . . I was hooked from the start - Sarah Keyworth, BBC Between the Covers

Hugely tender, heartbreaking and warm. Millwood Hargrave embroiders the world of the book so beautifully, it is an immersive rich experience that plays on in your head even after you put it down - Sarvat Hasin, author of The Giant Dark

Millwood Hargrave takes an intriguing, female-focused moment of real history and weaves a heartbreaking story into it - Woman & Home

Beautifully written, full of tenderness and hope, The Dance Tree explores grief and courage and the tragic consequences of forbidden love. - Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl

[A] tenderly written story . . . Good characters, good plot and lots to think about in a solid piece of historical fiction - Times of Tunbridge Wells

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“Dancing to survive..”

Like ‘Mercies’, Hargrave’s first adult novel, ‘The Dance Tree’ is based on an obscure historical episode when there was a religious dance mania in Strasbourg in 1518. Four strong females are the central characters;... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
Helpful? Upvote 43
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.

“Immaculate.”

Strasbourg, 1518.
Summer. A time for new beginnings, sharing the joys that nature brings forth with her bounty of what she offers, be it honey from the hives of thousands of bees all working towards one end, to the... More

Hardback edition
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Helpful? Upvote 34

“Mesmerisingly Visceral and Stunning”

Kiran Millwood Hargrave's writing is as incredible as ever - her use of language and the descriptions of Strasbourg in the 1500s make you feel like you are fully there, the scents and the feel of the ground and... More

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