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The Sin Eater - Megan Campisi

The Sin Eater - Megan Campisi

These books are from an exclusive, numbered edition of only 200 copies

Title: The Sin Eater

Author:  Megan Campisi

ISBN:  9781529019063

Weight:  873 g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing



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The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

An old adage says there are really only two stories: a man goes on a voyage, and a stranger arrives in town.  This is the third: a woman breaks the rules…

Can you uncover the truth when you’re forbidden from speaking it?

A Sin Eater’s duty is a necessary evil: she hears the confessions of the dying, eats their sins as a funeral rite.  Stained by these sins, she is shunned and silenced, doomed to live in exile at the edge of town.

Recently orphaned May Owens is just fourteen, only concerned with where her next meal is coming from.  When she’s arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, however, and subsequently sentenced to become a Sin Eater, finding food is suddenly the last of her worries.

It’s a devastating sentence, but May’s new invisibility opens new doors.  And when first one then two of the Queen’s courtiers suddenly grow ill, May hears their deathbed confessions – and begins to investigate a terrible rumour that is only whispered of amid palace corridors.

Set in a thinly disguised sixteenth-century England, Megan Campisi’s The Sin Eater is a wonderfully rich story of treason and treachery; of women, of power, and the strange freedom that comes from being an outcast – because, as May learns, being a nobody sometimes counts for everything…

Peer & Press Reviews

[A] rousing, impressive debut…  Campisi’s stirring portrait of injustice is deepened by May’s cleverness, frustration, and grief.  This spellbinding novel is a treat for fans of feminist speculative fiction.

Publishers Weekly

A dark and thrilling page-turner that turns a dystopian eye on the past in an unnervingly contemporary way.  All hail Megan Campisi.

Emma Donoghue, author of The Wonder

… very much reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale.  In this way, it transcends its historical roots to give us a modern heroine.  Richly imaginative and strikingly contemporary.

Kirkus Reviews

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Sin Eater
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of just 200 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in signature / number page, before the title page, that shows the book’s handwritten number and confirms it is a first edition.  This page also gives the title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.

Available numbersChoice of 89 or 179 [of 200, subject to availability]
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature / number page
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781529019063
ISBN 101529019060
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 142 x 35mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographGates Hurand
Jacket designMel Four, Pan Macmillan Art Department
Interior designKyoko Watanabe
Jacket illustrationMel Four, Pan Macmillan Art Department

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