Montacute House by Lucy Jago

Montacute House

Written by Lucy Jago

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

There’s a many layered mystery to be solved at the heart of this richly evoked historical novel which captures the fear and superstition of Elizabethan society. Young Cecily, or Cess as she is universally called, lives in great poverty on the margins of society. But, when the badly disfigured body of a boy is found locally and then her best friend William goes missing, Cess finds herself drawn into a central role – and a very dangerous one. Witchcraft, superstition and the overwhelming social prejudices of the day are all vividly brought to life here.


Montacute House by Lucy Jago

Cess works caring for the chickens at Montacute House but on her thirteenth birthday everything changes. She finds a precious locket hidden in the chicken coop and is convinced someone has placed it there for her to find. But the day is overshadowed by fear as a boy's body is found by the river, and then when William disappears, Cess is accused by the villagers of bewitching her best friend. Cess is determined to find William and prove the villagers wrong, but is soon embroiled in a plot that threatens her world and forces Cess to draw on powers she never knew she possessed, powers that will place her life in danger if they are discovered by the villagers. Witchcraft, politics and religious ambition combine in this gripping and wonderfully realised novel set in the Somerset of the 1500s.


'This impressive historical debut is a beguiling mix of politics and witchcraft'
The Bookseller

About the Author

Lucy Jago

Lucy Jago lives in London with her family. Montacute House, published by Bloomsbury in May 2010, is her first book for young readers. She has previously written two non-fiction titles for adults.

The setting of the novel is real: a beautiful village in Somerset.

(Author photo copyright: Adrian Downie)

Lucy Jago’s Q&A

2. Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why? (not necessarily children’s authors/illustrators)

4. Who is your favourite hero in a book?

6. If you could be a character from a book who would you be?

7. If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?

8. What book do you wish you had written?

9. Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

10. What inspired you to write your latest book (include title here for ease of reference)?

11. What's the best thing you've ever written?

12. When did you start writing?

13. If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?

14. Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process (favourite pen, lucky charm, special jumper)?

15. Do you have any abandoned stories in you ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?
No, but I do have ideas in my ‘ideas drawer’ waiting to be worked on.

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Book Info


288 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

3rd May 2011




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