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4.0 out of 5 stars A tense and intriguing read, 18 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Newes from the Dead (Paperback)
I had intended to purchase Mary Hooper's At the Sign of the Sugared Plum after a recommendation in the Waterstone's free 'Read Through the Ages' leaflet. However, this book caught my eye instead and I became intrigued to discover how a girl had been hanged and yet survived to tell the tale.

Hooper takes the reader back to 1650 when a young girl was hanged for infanticide, the only crime where the suspect was considered guilty until proven innocent. With no witnesses to support her, Anne Green is accused, tried and hanged with no hope of rescue. Her body is then taken for dissection by the College of Physicians.

It is very easy to sympathise with the downfall of young innocent Anne and feel enraged at her cruel treatment at the hands of the rich and powerful. The tale is cleverly told through flashbacks which enlighten the reader as to the chain of events that led her to the Physician's dissection table.

At the end of the book, Hooper discusses her inspiration and research for the book which is interesting to note. This book is definitely not suited to very young readers as it deals with adult themes. However, the way Hooper writes about the thoughts of Anne make it easy for the reader to sympathise with her and understand how easy it can be to get into trouble as a result of human desires.
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