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The Mercies

Kiran MIllwood Hargrave

Published: 8th July 2021 Now in paperback, the hit novel inspired by real-life witch trials. Christmas Eve, 1617 and a storm wipes out the men of Vardo, a remote Norwegian island. Eighteen months later, Absalom Cornet arrives from Scotland on a mission to bring the island’s women to heel. Inspired by the witch trails of 1621, this is a novel that tells of immense love and unthinkable danger. Publisher: Macmillan ISBN: 9781529075076
LoveMyRead price: £8.99

Our Curators said...

I adored this book. Bold and atmospheric, it’s an absorbing read which carries you on the journey of a love story set in the midst of a community marred by suspicion and set to tear itself apart. It’s brilliantly concocted and told with a hugeness of heart that completely floored me. Anyone who loved Maggie O’Farrell’s bestselling novel, Hamnet, will, I think recognise in this novel the same skill of creating atmosphere, mystery and tenderness of feeling. Enormously, whole-heartedly recommended.

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What the Critics are Saying

A gripping novel inspired by a real-life witch hunt. Hargrave's prose is visceral and immersive; the muddy, cold life and politics of a fishing village leap to vivid life. But her most vital insights are about the human heart: how terrifyingly quickly prejudices can turn into murder, and how desperately we need love and courage to oppose it. Beautiful and chilling

Madeline Miller

Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore

Jojo Moyes

A book for our times ... Millwood Hargrave is a whirlwind, storm-building talent'

Daisy Johnson, Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of Everything Under

The Mercies took my breath away. A beautifully rendered portrait of a community, a landscape, a relationship, I read it with equal parts hope and dread. Kiran Millwood Hargrave has masterfully built up an incredible claustrophobic atmosphere, shot through with delicate intimacy. On finishing it I pressed the book to me, hoping to absorb some of her skill.'

Tracy Chevalier

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