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    Jeanette Winterson(Author)

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Good Friday 1612. Pendle Hill.

A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by a local magistrate. Is it a witches' Sabbat?

In Lancaster Castle two notorious witches await trial and certain death, while the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter rides to their defence.

Elsewhere a starved child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter makes his way from France to a place he believes will offer him sanctuary.

But will it? And how safe can anyone be in Witch Country?

"If you like her other novels, you will adore this. She has done her homework... the beauty of the writing, exemplary in its pared-down simplicity. It’s so seductive that by the middle I was hooked." (Independent)"Sharp-eyed view of history... Winterson is at her best her when she’s dealing with real horrors." (Observer)"This is a dazzling book. Winterson is a deft storyteller and a writer of wonderful economy. It is one of the very few contemporary novels that I actually wished were longer." (Literary Review)"A book worth reading – utterly compulsive, thick with atmosphere and dread, but sharp intelligence too...Ultimately she combines compelling history and poetic dialogue with suspense...This rather more sophisticated story would make a particularly vivid film." (Telegraph)"Winterson seamlessly blends history with fiction... The Daylight Gate is an enthralling story unfussily told, I read it all in one sitting, only wishing there were more." (Evening Standard)

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Jeanette Winterson(Author)
  • Hammer (14 Mar. 2013)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Jeremy Allan-Smith on 25 November 2014

    So says Thomas Potts, clerk of the Lancaster Assizes, whose account of THE WONDERFULL DISCOVERIE OF WITCHES IN THE COUNTIE OF LANCASTER reveals the lengths James the First's witchfinders went to in order to eradicate Catholicism from English soil. Winterson's novel is spare and visceral in exposing the syphilitic ravages and torturous sadism of men in Jacobean England. In scenes reminiscent of The Crucible, though infinitely more graphic, Alice Rutter, who made a fortune out of magenta dye, is caught up in the tug of war between body and soul in a dramatic Faustian struggle on Pendle Hill before choosing to face her own extinction. Winterson keeps the reader suspended in a gruesome limbo world between real human suffering and the often vain hope of supernatural rescue. Her sentences clutch greedily at the reader's attention and it is easy to get embroiled in this stinking and ghoulish tale. Read it before eating and it will spoil your appetite; read it after and buy a new rug!

  • By Thorgrim on 3 December 2012

    Very disappointing. Weak characters and plot. It is a brief book and lacks atmosphere and substance. Not sure about its accuracy .


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