Stacey Halls - The Familiars (2nd Hand Paperback)
Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Debut Book of the Year 2020.
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.
The Familiars written by Stacey Halls is a story based on a true historical timeline and real life people, namely Fleetwood Shuttleworth born in 1595, who was a woman of gentry and mistress at Gawthorpe Hall. It is a work of fiction based on the premise of the Pendle witch trial in Lancaster 1612 and sadly highlights the plight of women disproportionately targeted as part of witch hunts during this time period.
- Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Fiction - Historical Fiction
- Published : 2019 (Zaffre)
- ISBN : 9781785766145
- SKU : B002218
- PPC : SP450gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"What a wonderful, enchanting and captivating novel. An unputdownable ripped from real life tale that kept me up late at night."
"Spellbinding, superbly written . . . it pulled me in. A book that will stay with me for a very long time!" - Goodreads Reviews.
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.