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.
"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. Even in a book as melodramatic as this, she manages to convey character and setting with so few words that you scarcely notice it has been done... Winterson does all that any Hammer reader would want - and probably too much for some squeamish types - as well as writing a novel of subtlety and depth. It is also, amid the blood, mud and violence, intensely poetic. The imagery of the wild land with its dark towers and possessed creatures - animal and human - underpins a story about love and death and the possibility of unseen worlds. It is one of the very few contemporary novels that I actually wished were longer
." (Literary Review
"This I ought to say, is a book worth reading – utterly compulsive
, thick with atmosphere and dread
, but sharp intelligence
too...Ultimately she combines compelling history and poetic dialogue
...This rather more sophisticated story
would make a particularly vivid film." (Telegraph
" (Independent on Sunday
A new Hammer novel, and a Top Ten bestseller in hardcover.
A tale of magic, superstition, conscience and ruthless murder, by one of the UK's most acclaimed literary writers.