By Jim Crace

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Walter Thirsk narrates this story of his unnamed English village which is threatened as the last crops are harvested. That night, two men and an alluring woman, make themselves at home in the village’s woodland borders. Then the local manor house is set alight.

Walter’s once-peaceful hamlet is quickly ravaged by fear: in just seven days the crops are damaged, the unwelcome arrivals are punished, and three of his neighbours are held, accused of witchcraft.

Once a newcomer, Walter might be the last man standing.

Perfect for:

  • Those interested in reading the shortlisted Man Booker Prize titles of 2013
  • Anyone who loves England-based, historical fiction
  • Readers who enjoy emotive, lyrical, intellectual stories.
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