The Familiars :The spellbinding Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick

The Familiars

The Familiars :The spellbinding Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick

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Published: 24 September, 2019
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The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life . . . Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong. As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon the two women's lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood's stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other... 'Assured and alluring, this beautiful tale of women and witchcraft and the fight against power was a delight from start to finish' JESSIE BURTON 'The new Hilary Mantel' COSMOPOLITAN 'Captivating' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Arresting' THE TIMES 'A brilliant debut, pacy and inventive, from a terrifically talented new voice' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Truly spellbinding' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'A must-read novel' HEATHER MORRIS bestselling author of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ 'Enthralling, spellbinding, full of twists and turns, written with heart and style - and the final chapters will have you racing to the end' KATE WILLIAMS 'Phenomenal. Beautiful, haunting, strange and evocative' LIZ HYDER 'Historical fiction at its feminist best' RED Magazine **MRS ENGLAND: the brand new novel from Stacey Halls is out now**

The Familiars is an intricate and sensitive portrayal of a brave, tenacious young girl carving her place in the world. A must-read novel * Heather Morris, bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz *
Fast-paced, twisty and immense fun * Anna Mazzola *
Historical fiction at its feminist best * RED Magazine *

Stacey Halls was born in 1989 and grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and has written for publications including the Guardian, Stylist, Psychologies, the Independent, the Sun and Fabulous. Her first book, The Familiars, was the bestselling debut hardback novel of 2019, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards' Debut Book of the Year.

Type Book
ISBN 9781785766145
Number Of Pages 448
Item Weight 326 g
Product Dimensions 129 x 198 x 25 mm
Publisher Zaffre
Format Paperback