Ravaged by plague and left in ruins, a small hamlet harbours the secrets of its last surviving family… Young witch Sarah Haworth helps her family tend to the nearby villagers and their ailments under the cover – and safety – of darkness. She meets a handsome man who sees her as his equal, and the promise of love and an ordinary life quickens. But when a new magistrate starts investigating the family’s suspicious profession, all hopes for a happy future could be lost. Set against the backdrop of the Pendle Witch Trials of the 1620s, this bewitching debut tells the tale of a woman accepting her wildness and refusing to conform in the face of intolerance.
Reading room discussion: How does Sarah’s story relate to struggles faced in society today?