Written by Julie Hearn
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Gripping and lyrical, this is a multi-layered novel with a strong historical background of the witch hunting that took place during the English Civil War crossed with a story of the fairy world and the different kind of magic that is inherent in nature. Both are based on a confusion of half truths which are spun into greater certainties that can carry great risks and penalties. Nell, the child at the centre of it all, lives her life in fear and tells her story capturing the wonder and danger of it all.
The Merrybegot by Julie Hearn
In a remote west-country village, all is not as it seems. The minister's daughters have taken to their bed, howling and spitting pins. Rumours of bad magic and witchcraft are spreading fast, the piskies are whispering in the orchard and an ill wind is blowing. Nell, the cunning woman's granddaughter, finds the fingers of blame are all pointing towards her. With Matthew Hopkins, the Witch-Finder General, on his way, Nell is alone, trapped and in mortal danger. Who can she trust? Who will save her? In years to come, Patience Madden, the minister's youngest daughter, has a confession to make. A confession that shows another side to what happened to her sister, Grace, and to Nell, half a century before ...
Praise for The Merrybegot:
‘Superb.’ - The Times
‘This truly superb novel will have your heart racing, your hands sweating and your brain whirring. You must read it.’ - The Guardian
‘Powerful and intriguing, The Merrybegot bewitches and beguiles from first to last.’
- Celia Rees
‘Ingeniously structured, with compelling plot twists, it is engrossing and immediate; Hearn has the skill of a conjuror and her novel casts a spell.’ - Sunday Times
‘A gripping, atmospheric novel, which demands reading at one sitting. Five Stars.’
- Books for Keeps
‘Told in clear, vivid prose, and peopled with sympathetic characters, it is a huge leap forward for a talented new storyteller.’ - The Times
‘This tale is as fascinating and accessible as any Pullman novel or even J K Rowling’s Harry Potter.’ Western Morning News
‘A lively and brilliant work. This book leapt out at me. It startled me and then held my attention.’ Times Educational Supplement
‘Quite literally, an entrancing book, magical, funny, tragic, empathetic to the lives
of country people of the past, which always invites us to look not only at them
but at ourselves and our behaviour.’ Write Away!
About the Author
More books by Julie Hearn
Oxford University Press
4th August 2011
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