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Secrets of the Witch

Written by Elsa Whyte & Julie Légère

Illustrated by Laura Pérez

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Sumptuous feminist-infused handbook of witch history, myth, and magical practices.

September 2020 Book of the Month

Opening with a heartfelt “Dear sister” address that invites aspiring witches to step into its beautifully-designed pages, this compendium dispels many myths about spell-makers as its modern-day witch authors seek to “retell and reclaim our identity”. One such myth is the distinction between “white” and “black” magic – the authors note that “magic is magic and the only difference lies within our intentions and how we choose to use it.” But what is magic? They point out links between nature and magic, and share information about ancient priestesses and oracles who read signs in nature and understood the power of plants and the planets.


Moving through history, readers will discover that distrust of magic emerged in the Middle Ages, which led to the persecution of female practitioners of magic and the murderous witch-hunts of the 15th-17th centuries. After learning about the positive revival of witches in the twentieth-century (such as ecology-oriented Wiccans, and feminist activist witches), the book explores witches in popular culture, magical symbols, and concludes with practical guidance on herb magic, stone magic, crystal magic and making your own talisman.


This is a perfect primer for girls interested in magic and witches, and gorgeously-presented too, with a gold-foiled cover, red ribbons and evocative illustrations on every page.

Joanne Owen

Secrets of the Witch Synopsis

Part history, part spellbook, this magical compendium gives young witches a fascinating insight into the lives and practices of witches throughout time and from all over the world. Since ancient times, magic and witchcraft have inspired both fear and fascination. More recently, witchcraft has become a popular symbol for feminist empowerment.

Everything a beginning witch needs to know is contained in Secrets of the Witch. Uncover the meaning and history behind magical tools and symbols such as cauldrons and pentagrams, find out the truths of the Salem Witch Trials and learn about witches in popular culture, from the ancient figure of Circe to Hermione Granger. This spellbinding guide explores the mystical history of witches throughout time and all over the world, including their magical symbols and practices. Initiates to the ways of the witch will learn the stories of legendary and real-life witches, as well as how to make their own talisman, how to use magical crystals and plants, which familiar is right for them and so much more.

Secrets of the Witch Press Reviews

A strikingly illustrated handbook for aspiring tween and teen witches, exploring the history of witches with a feminist slant. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller, August Previews

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ISBN: 9780711257979
Publication date: 04/08/2020
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780711257979
Publication date: 4th August 2020
Author: Elsa Whyte & Julie Légère
Illustrator: Laura Pérez
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: History, People / Places
Collections: 85 Great Non-Fiction Books, Scary Reads for Halloween!,

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