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Beth Underdown – The Witchfinder’s Sister

Saturday, 20 October 2018

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Suitable for: Age 14+

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Rochdale-born author, Beth Underdown, talks about her page-turning historical thriller, The Witchfinder’s Sister, a Richard and Judy Book Club choice and winner of the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award 2017.

When Alice Hopkins’ husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women’s names.

Beth Underdown lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. She came across a brief mention of the 1640s ‘Witchfinder General’ Matthew Hopkins while reading a book about midwifery, igniting an interest which turned into an all-consuming hunt for the truth about this infamous killer.

‘Vivid and terrifying’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

‘A richly told and utterly compelling tale, with shades of Hilary Mantel’ Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

Author photo credit: Justine Stoddart.

Visit Beth Underdown’s website (external link).

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