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The Familiars: The spellbinding Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick (English Edition) Format Kindle
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To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life . . .
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
'The new Hilary Mantel' COSMOPOLITAN
'Captivating' SUNDAY EXPRESS
'Arresting' THE TIMES
'A brilliant debut, pacy and inventive, from a terrifically talented new voice' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Truly spellbinding' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'A must-read novel' HEATHER MORRIS bestselling author of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ
'Enthralling, spellbinding, full of twists and turns, written with heart and style - and the final chapters will have you racing to the end' KATE WILLIAMS
'Phenomenal. Beautiful, haunting, strange and evocative' LIZ HYDER
'Historical fiction at its feminist best' RED Magazine
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- ASIN : B07DW9F469
- Éditeur : Zaffre (4 février 2019)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 3934 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 450 pages
- Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1785766147
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It is her following encounter with Alice Grey, who agrees to become Fleetwood's midwife, that pulls the witch trials further into the story and these two women become linked through the resulting tumult. Alice uses natural remedies when helping people and it is this use of herbs that casts the shadow of witchcraft over her.
I find the witch trials fascinating and this book is based on actual places, people and events. The author grew up in Lancashire and was inspired after a visit to the actual Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham. Although this is a work of fiction, I love that these characters were imagined from real people and after reading I was able to further research their lives and the awful plight of women during these trials.
It was also great to see the friendship that developed between Fleetwood and Alice despite their contrasting backgrounds, the belief they had in each other and the lengths they would go through to try and save each other during incredibly horrific experiences.
An intriguing story of a young girl trying to survive in a time of accusation, hypocrisy, persecution and betrayal.
I was born and bred within spitting distance of Gawthorpe and am very familiar with the story of the Pendle witches but would suggest anyone unfamiliar with these events reads Mist Over Pendle which is a far superior work to The Familiars.
Most irritating of all however, was Fleetwood's escapades in very late pregnancy, gadding about the countryside completing journeys that the pony express would have struggled to match. An unaccompanied pregnant woman riding from Gawthorpe to Lancaster and back (80 miles)on a single horse, in a day, over 17th century roads and tracks - no way. Richard going to Ripon and only being away one night - improbable. It would be a round trip of over 100 miles. There is a LOT of travelling around in the book and much of it important to the progress of the plot, so the lack of credibility somewhat spoiled the latter part of the book for me.
Glad I only paid 99p for the kindle version.