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The Butcher's Hook - Janet Ellis

The Butcher's Hook - Janet Ellis

Title: The Butcher’s Hook

Author:  Janet Ellis

ISBN:  9781473625112

Weight:  739 g

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The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis

Georgian London, in the summer of 1763

At nineteen, Anne Jaccob is awakened to the possibility of joy when she meets Fub, the butcher’s apprentice, and begins to imagine a life of passion with him.

The only daughter of well-to-do parents, Anne lives a sheltered life.  Her home is a miserable place.  Though her family want for nothing, her father is uncaring, her mother is ailing, and the baby brother who taught her to love is dead.  Unfortunately her parents have already chosen a more suitable husband for her than Fub.

But Anne is a determined young woman, with an idiosyncratic moral compass.  In the matter of pursuing her own happiness, she shows no fear or hesitation.  Even if it means getting a little blood on her hands.

A vivid and surprising tale, The Butcher’s Hook brims with the colour and atmosphere of Georgian London, as seen through the eyes of a strange and memorable young woman.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Butcher’s Hook is bewitching: Anne Jacob [sic] is a dark and dangerous heroine and her story is gripping and full of surprises.  This is an exciting and hugely impressive debut from Janet Ellis.

Antonia Hodgson, author of The Devil in the Marshalsea

Ellis has created something marvellous in the character of Anne Jaccob – her voice is strange, dark and utterly mesmeric.  This is historical fiction as I’ve never encountered it before: full of viscera, snarling humour and obsessive desire.  I loved it.

Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

A triumph; dark, shocking and funny.  The voice is perfect and the words glitter like little black jewels.

Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Butcher’s Hook
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: John Murray Press
Imprint: Two Roads
Awards and prizes:

Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 – longlist

Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2016 – shortlist

Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781473625112
ISBN 10: 1473625114
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 341
Size (h x w x d): 222 x 144 x 35mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Leigh Quinnell
Jacket illustrations: Paul Simmons, Timorous Beasties 2015

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