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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 07/02/2019
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The most spellbinding debut novel of 2019 In a time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all . . . Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong. As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon the two women's lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood's stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other. 'Assured and alluring, this beautiful tale of women and witchcraft and the fight against power was a delight from start to finish' Jessie Burton, author of THE MINIATURIST 'I read this in just over a day - I was completely hooked! An intriguing story about a fascinating period of history and brilliant female characters' Libby Page, author of THE LIDO 'A wonderful novel, enthralling, spellbinding, terrifying, full of twists and turns, written with heart and style - and the final chapters will have you racing to the end' Kate Williams, author of THE STORMS OF WAR

Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
ISBN: 9781785766114
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I read this in just over a day - I was completely hooked! An intriguing story about a fascinating period of history and brilliant female characters. * Libby Page, bestselling author of THE LIDO *
A wonderful novel, enthralling, spellbinding, terrifying, full of twists and turns, written with heart and style - and the final chapters will have you racing to the end. A brilliant novel about a true story - and a real mystery. * Kate Williams, author of THE STORMS OF WAR *
So pacy and brilliantly creepy * Juliet West, author of BEFORE THE FALL *
The Familiars is an intricate and sensitive portrayal of a brave, tenacious young girl carving her place in the world. A must-read novel * Heather Morris, bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz *
Fast-paced, twisty and immense fun * Anna Mazzola *
SO SO good . . . you had me hooked * Nina Pottell, Prima *
A debut to look out for, one of these books that once you start reading, you cannot put down * The Fountain *
I see it becoming one of my favourite books of all time * Whatever Ruby *

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“Incredible! New favourite book of all time!”

I completely fell in love with every aspect of this book! I am already a lover of Historical Fiction but tend to avoid anything that mentions witches etc as I usually find it creeps into the fantasy genre (which I... More

Hardback edition
31st August 2018
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“Fascinating”

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as it is based in the Elizabethan Gawthorpe hall near Burnley .Stories about the Pendle witches are especially relevant here in Lancaster where the trials took place and I live.I... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
16th August 2018
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