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The Daylight Gate - Jeanette Winterson

The Daylight Gate - Jeanette Winterson

Title: The Daylight Gate

Author:  Jeanette Winterson

ISBN:  9780099561859

Weight:  585g

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The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

Good Friday, 1612.

A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell.  Is this a witches’ Sabbat?

Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting trial.  Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them?  And why is she among the group of thirteen on Pendle Hill?

Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks.  And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire.  But who will offer him sanctuary?  And how quickly can he be caught?

This is the reign of James I, a Protestant King with an obsession: to rid his realm of twin evils, witchcraft and Catholicism, at any price…

This is Lancashire.  This is Pendle.  This is witch country.

Peer & Press Reviews

If you like her other novels, you will adore this.  She has done her homework… the beauty of the writing, exemplary in its pared-down simplicity.  It’s so seductive that by the middle I was hooked.


This is a dazzling book.  Winterson is a deft storyteller and a writer of wonderful economy.  Even in a book as melodramatic as this, she manages to convey character and setting with so few words that you scarcely notice it has been done…  Winterson does all that any Hammer reader would want – and probably too much for some squeamish types – as well as writing a novel of subtlety and depth.  It is also, amid the blood, mud and violence, intensely poetic.  The imagery of the wild land with its dark towers and possessed creatures – animal and human – underpins a story about love and death and the possibility of unseen worlds.  It is one of the very few contemporary novels that I actually wished were longer.

Literary Review

This I ought to say, is a book worth reading – utterly compulsive, thick with atmosphere and dread, but sharp intelligence too…  Ultimately, she combines compelling history and poetic dialogue with suspense, as a ghastly trap closes around Alice.  In a story heavy with evil, another theme finally comes shining through: that of the abiding endurance of love.


Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Daylight Gate
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall condition

Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)

Please note, the pages in these books have some age related, off-white-to-cream fading.

SignedOn the title page
DatedOctober 22 2012
Book Stats
ImprintArrow Books in association with Hammer
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139780099561859
ISBN 100099561859
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)205 x 137 x 24mm
Design Credits
Jacket imagesRoy Bishop / Arcangel (front)
Getty Images (back background pattern)

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