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Newes from the Dead by [Hooper, Mary]
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"This true story is told with a blend of factual period detail and imaginative narrative . . . a haunting and original treatment of an historical tale" (Daily Mail)

"I really loved it . . . The beginning is excellent - it grabs you immediately and Anne's strong narrating voice compels all the way through. It's one of those books that really stays with you after you've closed it" (Wendy Cooling)

"It's rare to find a story that grabs you so immediately by the throat and still manages to keep you captivated until the very last page, but Mary Hooper manages this masterfully in this hypnotising tale" (The Bookseller)

"In her intriguing and captivating new book, Mary Hooper brings to vibrant life the fascinating true story of a girl who cheated the hangman's noose and lived to tell the tale" (Celia Rees)

"Newes from the Dead is totally gripping . . . it is un-put-downable" (Jean Ure)

Publishing News, April 2008

Another fantastic historical novel from Hooper - I couldn't put it down

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D15L1C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the best books I have read. I started this book a few years ago and managed to lose it somewhere. I often spoke of the book and longed to continue reading it.
Someone suggested I looked on Amazon for it and there it was, not only that, I was able to continue reading it straight away.
I began from the start and enjoyed every page. Wonderfully written with each character portrayed with excellence.
Thank you
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By Brida TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
NEWES FROM THE DEAD tells the true story of Anne Green; a young girl who was hanged in 1650 for anfanticide but survived the gallows. The book shifts from the dissection room, where Anne is lying ready to be dissected in order for medical advancement, back to before her grisly fate as a way of explaining how a lowly servant girl came to be found guilty of the murder of a baby. The main thrust of the story is true - of course, as Hooper herself explains, she has used her imagination for all of the conversations and trivia - and what a story it is!
By giving Anne a 'voice', Hooper has succeeded in creating a touching yet starkly shocking tale about miscarriages of justice centuries ago. Despite the time that has passed, the horror of the story remains, as you try and put yourself into this poor girl's shoes. I found both the chapters which are narrated by Anne and the chapters which take place in the dissection room to be filled with humanity and honesty. As the gathered scholars and medics realise that there seems to be life within the cadaver infront of them, you cannot help but share in their horror, as they begin to contmeplate if she is alive, what does that mean for her soul? If she had been dead, would her soul have departed? And if she is to awake, will the lack of a soul mean she will be but a wraith? Such ponderings as this still have relevance today - although we are more medically advanced, the very nature of the soul means that we are no more closer to understanding that etheral part of what it is to be human.

This is a fantastic book. Just because it is meant for young adult readers, do not let that put you off. One of the best reads I have read for a long time.
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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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By Arwen on 14 April 2010
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I found this a sad and dark tale, but one I found hard to put down. The tension of the poor girl lying there on the dissection table still alive had me holding my breath with worry for her. I enjoyed the structure, the characters and the resolution very much. I also felt that with this book, Mary Hooper had stepped up her writing to a new level - it's her best book so far. (And I enjoyed the others)
I agree with the other reviewers that this isn't suitable for younger readers, due to the sexual content - and if they're squeamish, the medical parts too! - but it would be a great read for many teens. It was all the more powerful for being based on a true story.
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This is a stunning historical novel with the period beautifully evoked. It`s a chilling tale that engages from the first page - I read it at one sitting. I can`t praise it highly enough. However, I was surprised to find it recommended in one review for anyone over the age of eleven - be warned, this is for young and other adults only.
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Newes from the Dead seemed like it had the ingredients for a good read but unfortunately comes out a little wanting. A young maidservant is hanged for the crime of infanticide and sent to the gallows, but the story doesn't really begin until her body is sent for medical dissection and she is found to be alive.

The plot has definite potential and is told from two viewpoints that of the maidservant rising towards consciousness and her past in flashback and from the viewpoint of a young male scholar with a terrible stutter whose vantage point allows us to see the commotion that this rising from the dead has caused.

The historical details read accurately and engage the reader but a major problem with the novel is that the author spoon feeds the plot to you; the reader perpetually feels three steps ahead of the story. Even though this is written with a younger audience in mind it lacks sophistication or even surprise in terms of both character and plotting when it comes to the maidservants narrative. The reader sees her downfall as she follows the predictable pattern of believing the young master of the house's lies as he seduces her, falls pregnant and is charged to be hanged all to keep the master's reputation intact.

Arguably the only surprise that the novel raises is when the maidservant comes back from the dead and even this is handled in a very wishy-washy fashion allowing no conclusions to be drawn. It's a pity as in the young scholar's narrative there is real meat but he is soon left by the wayside when the dead maidservant wakes. Add a tacked on happy ever after ending and this is defnitely YA that fails to satiate or satisfy, read Libba Bray instead.
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