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The Merrybegot

Written by Julie Hearn

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on The Merrybegot

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 Synopsis

The Merrybegot casts a powerful spell over its readers. Utterly bewitching. Abi Elphinstone In a remote west-country village, all is not as it seems. Rumours of bad magic and witchcraft are spreading. The piskies are whispering in the orchard and an ill wind is blowing. The fingers of blame are all pointing to Nell, the cunning woman's granddaughter. With the Witchfinder General on his way, Nell is alone, trapped, and in fear for her life. Who can she trust? And who will save her? This amazing story is being reissued with a stunning new cover by Karl James Mountford for a new generation of readers to enjoy.

The Merrybegot Press Reviews

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

Superb. - The Times

A compelling tale. - Sunday Telegraph

The Merrybegot casts a powerful spell over its readers. Utterly bewitching. - Abi Elphinstone

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780192769589
Publication date: 18/04/2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780192732354
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192769589
Publication date: 18th April 2019
Author: Julie Hearn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Historical Fiction

About Julie Hearn

Julie Hearn was our Guest Editor in August 2011. Click here to see the books she selected. Julie Hearn used to be a tabloid journalist but much prefers writing novels because she is less likely to be sued nowadays for making things up. After her daughter, Tilly, was born she began a degree in Education but switched to English after suffering a panic attack while attempting to teach maths to year six. She went on to complete a Masters Degree in Women's Studies at Oxford University, where an idea for her thesis became the inspiration for her first novel, Follow Me ...

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