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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 34 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 July 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ561C
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The story tells a worryingly true tale of a gullible house maid tricked into a terrible situation by her cruel master.
Every other chapter is in first person, where the unfortunate Anne Green explains her story and tries to think how she got into this position. This is an absolute favorite of mine.
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.
Although you know from the blurb what the story is about, the way the tale is told holds your interest from beginning to end. Mary Hooper cleverly flip-flops between telling us how Ann is seduced (and eventually hanged for infanticide) and the story of her revival in the Cromwellian equivalent of the autopsy room and what happens to her thereafter.
This was genuinely a book I could not put down - I thoroughly recommend it to any reader, young or old - despite my personal dislike of most historical fiction. It grabbed me right from the start and gave a fascinating insight into many different aspects of life in those times and particularly how the rich had such overwhelming power over the lives of the unfortunate poor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 8 months ago
A lovely book and very well written a perfect teen novel another great story by Mary Hooper!
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This came up as a recommendation on my kindle. I really enjoyed it and will look out for more titles by this author!Published on 6 Feb. 2014 by Sandra Rimmer
very intresting book. once you pick it up its hard to put down, will be looking out for more of mary hoopers booksPublished on 15 April 2013 by mazza
If you like historical fiction you'll love Newes from the Dead. Mary Hooper is known for bringing the past alive, and in this novel she doesn't disappoint! Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by Gemma
I would recommend this book to adults as well as teenagers. It is really a great read. Once started it is difficult to put down. Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2010 by Alice
Excellent book which was well written. Gets you hooked from begining to end. Could not put it down. If anyone knows of more books like this I would be very interested. Read morePublished on 16 May 2010 by A Reader
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... Read morePublished on 14 April 2010 by Arwen