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The Manningtree Witches by A. K. Blakemore

The Manningtree Witches

A. K. Blakemore

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Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 4 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781783786435
4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
21 Feb 2021

"her prose has a richness that adds extra depth to a familiar story"

Set in the 17th century, Blakemore’s powerful debut is about a small Essex town during the Civil War which becomes the scene of a witch hunt. Poor, marginalised women are targeted by those determined to see the Devil’s work in chance misfortunes. Led by the so-called Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, the persecution develops its own momentum. The narrator, Rebecca West, a young woman struggling to make sense of the world, is rapidly caught up in its web.