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'Widdershins' is a dark and wonderful novel, rich in historical details, herbal lore, traditions and superstitions. Steadman's clear-eyed storytelling and colourful period voice give life to a vibrant cast of characters drawn against the backdrop of tragic historical events. A compelling and memorable tale! (Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches)

Her writing reminds me of Hannah Kent's bestselling novel, Burial Rites, which follows the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Helen's writing has a similar persuasive and empathetic force, weaving together historical fact with modern concerns about the treatment of women. (Helen Marshall, Award winning author)

'Widdershins' gives a compelling and nuanced account of the clash of cultures that claimed so many lives. Steadman's carefully interwoven narrative conjures a world of herbal lore, folk practice and belief and convincingly portrays the psychological and ideological forces that form a perpetrator, and the social structures that sustain him. (Helen Lynch, author of The Elephant and the Polish Question)

Infused as it is with aromas of rosemary, fennel and lavender, even the healers herbs do not mask the reek of the injustice that sits at the heart of 'Widdershins'. Powerful and shocking. (Wyl Menmuir, author of The Many (longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2016))

A compelling tale of two young people whose destinies are intertwined, a witch-hunter and a witch. But is she really a witch? This meticulously researched account of a bigoted man s inhumanity to women in the 17th century will make the modern reader grateful to have been born in an enlightened age. (Mari Griffith, author of The Witch of Eye)

I'm from Newcastle and had not even heard of these witch trials, but as soon as I'd read this book, I headed down to St Andrew's Church and stood beside the graves of the women buried there. Names were too worn by time to see who lies there, but I shivered with the knowledge of what had happened here in plain sight - somewhere I'd walked past many times... (Susan, The Booktrail)


Helen Steadman is as much a witch in her spellbinding ability to enthral the reader as any of those in the story... a cracking plot... a vivid and dynamic story that transported me back in time... (Linda s Book Bag)

Never before have I read such a heart-breaking and equally fascinating novel... Remarkable writing, crisp and raw to the point of cutting me as I read... the story of the witch hunts will haunt me for some time to come... (The Booktrail)

As heart-breaking as it was suspenseful... unexpected... a book I d really recommend. The story will slowly but surely pull you in and not let go until you read the last page (Bookfever)

...The narrative is superbly controlled by a very talented writer, a definite weaver of tales who has brought who has brought to life a chilling story of persecution, superstitious mania and terrifying ineptitude. (Jaffa Reads Too)

A subject ripe for fiction, and Helen Steadman has delivered a truly compelling and thrilling tale... The book is a treasure trove of the cunning woman's knowledge of herbs and healing, birth and death... This is essential reading for anyone with an interest in history particularly the history of the North East of England, the history of medicine, women's history and witchcraft in general... If you are a fan of Beth Underdown's The Witch Finder's Sister then you need to read this book. I would also recommend it to fans of Karen Maitland, Diana Gabaldon, Nicola Cornick and Hannah Kent. (Lisa Reads Books)

A wonderful scary, very atmospheric, and emotional book. (Beady Jan s Books)

There are some twists and surprises in store, but the thing that most captures the attention, is the immense attention to detail. Often the mark of the finer historical novels, 'Widdershins' holds within its pages an immaculate grasp on the history of the 17th century witch trials... (The Cosy Reader)

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About the Author

Helen Steadman lives in the foothills of the North Pennines, and she particularly enjoys researching and writing about the history of the north east of England. Following her MA in creative writing at Manchester Met, Helen is now completing a PhD in English at the University of Aberdeen. When she s not studying or writing, Helen critiques, edits and proofreads other writers work, and she is a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. @hsteadman1650

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Impress Books (1 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071JQ99X4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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