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  • A magical read

    A K Blakemore has written a magical tale around the real story of witch hunting during the English civil war. The creepy consumptive figure of self appointed Witch Hunter General, Matthew Hopkins, is finely drawn as is that of the main protagonist, Rebecca. A hugely interesting and enjoyable read

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  • Good story but you need a dictionary

    A story well-told about a little-known part of English history, with a strong message for today of how misogyny bubbles just below the surface. However, where this book fails for me is in the language. Barely a page passes where there is not a need to stop and look up the meaning of a word, many of which the dictionary describes as archaic. For those who remember the programme, it felt as if I had been transported back 50 years and placed in an episode of Call My Bluff. Worth a read, but only only an e-reader where the dictionary is but a click away.

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  • Fascinating Subject

    It gives you an insight into that period in time!!

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  • Well written, well researched & recommended

    An engrossing and disturbing read. One of the best books I have read in a while. Thought-provoking ... I finished it days ago but haven't got it out of my head yet!

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  • Wonderful book!

    Such a use of language to evoke the utter awfulness of life for ordinary people in the 17th century. Great protagonist in Rebecca West who suffers at the hands of those who think they are doing 'God's will', yet are just acting out their own repression, obsession and power over others. Can Rebecca survive in such a world where men and class wield all the power?

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