Children’s Book Club
Wednesday 24th March
Author, Amy Raphael will be joining the Red lion Books Children’s book group to talk about her new novel ‘The Forest of Moon and Sword’ email email@example.com for more information about the book group.
About The Forest of Moon and Sword
When Art’s mother is accused of witchcraft and captured, she is determined to get her back – at any cost.
Twelve-year-old Art lives in a small village in Scotland.
Her mother has always made potions that cure the sick, but now the townspeople say she is a witch. One cloudless night, Art’s mother is arrested and taken to England. Art mounts her horse, taking a sword, a tightrope, and a herbal recipe book, and begins a journey through wild forests, using nature’s signs and symbols to guide her.
But will she spot the signs from the omens? Will she reach her mother, before it’s too late?’
A lyrical adventure with folklore at its heart.
Wednesday March 24th
A K Blakemore
will be joining the Appetite Book Club
to talk about her brilliant new historical novel
‘The Manningtree Witches’
To find out more about this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
About ‘The Manningtree Witches’
Fear takes root in the women of Manningtree when the Witchfinder General comes to town. Caught amidst betrayal and persecution, what must Rebecca West do to survive?England, 1643. Parliament is battling the King; the war between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers rages.
Puritanical fervour has gripped the nation, and the hot terror of damnation burns black in every shadow. In Manningtree, depleted of men since the wars began, the women are left to their own devices. At the margins of this diminished community are those who are barely tolerated by the affluent villagers – the old, the poor, the unmarried, the sharp-tongued.
Rebecca West, daughter of the formidable Beldam West, fatherless and husbandless, chafes against the drudgery of her days, livened only by her infatuation with the clerk John Edes. But then newcomer Matthew Hopkins, a mysterious, pious figure dressed from head to toe in black, takes over The Thorn Inn and begins to ask questions about the women of the margins. When a child falls ill with a fever and starts to rave about covens and pacts, the questions take on a bladed edge.
The Manningtree Witches plunges its readers into the fever and menace of the English witch trials, where suspicion, mistrust and betrayal ran amok as the power of men went unchecked and the integrity of women went undefended. It is a visceral, thrilling book that announces a bold new talent.