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The Hemlock Cure - Joanne Burn

The Hemlock Cure - Joanne Burn

Title: The Hemlock Cure

Author:  Joanne Burn

ISBN:  9780751581928

Weight:  916 g

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The Hemlock Cure by Joanne Burn

Based on the real history of an English village during the Great Plague, The Hemlock Cure is an utterly beguiling tale of fear and ambition, betrayal, self-sacrifice and the unbreakable bond between two women.

It is 1665 and the women of Eyam keep many secrets.

Isabel Frith, the village midwife, walks a dangerous line with her herbs and remedies.  There are men in the village who speak of witchcraft, and Isabel has a past to hide.  So she tells nobody her fears about Wulfric, the pious, reclusive apothecary.

Mae, Wulfric’s youngest daughter, dreads her father’s rage if he discovers what she keeps from him.  Like her feelings for Rafe, Isabel’s ward, or that she studies from Wulfric’s forbidden books at night.

But others have secrets too.  Secrets darker than any of them could have imagined.

When Mae makes a horrifying discovery, Isabel is the only person she can turn to.  But helping Mae will place them both in unspeakable peril.

And meanwhile another danger is on its way from London.  One that threatens to engulf them all…

Peer & Press Reviews

Deeply unsettling, tense, yet ultimately hopeful, The Hemlock Cure sweeps the reader up into its potions, scents, colours and secrets.  It is affecting and beautifully observed – a mesmerising novel.

Rosie Andrews, author of The Leviathan

Set against the backdrop of Eyam’s famous plague, this page-turning novel delves deep into danger.  The darkest threats, we learn, come not from illness or contagion, but from cruelties encompassed by those closest to us.  The juxtaposition of external and internal threats – the disease that prowls, the people who share your home – creates a growing tension that had me turning pages late into the night.  And the writing is beautiful – its delicacy and precision creating a strong sense of place – full of scents, sounds and texture.

Annie Garthwaite, author of Cecily

Spellbinding and profound, The Hemlock Cure is a dazzling act of reclamation of the truth of women’s lives.  Burn writes beautifully about female courage and retribution, of the ties that make and bind a family, and different ways of belonging.  This is a compassionate and intensely moving novel that is rich in meaning and hugely resonant for our own plague-struck era.

Nikki Marmery, author of On Wilder Seas

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Attribute Details
Title The Hemlock Cure
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in half title page
Book Stats
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Sphere
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780751581928
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 324
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Sandi Hodkinson
Design Micaela Alcaino
Jacket illustration Micaela Alcaino

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