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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786091178
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $37.00

Cunning Women

A feminist tale of forbidden love amid the witch trials




A searing story of forbidden love and the curtailing of female wildness set amongst the long shadows cast by the Pendle Witch Trials.

When it is no longer safe to be a witch, they call themselves cunning.

Seventeenth-century Lancashire is a dark and mistrustful place. Ten years after the notorious Pendle witch trials saw ten accused witches hanged, young Sarah Haworth and her family live as outcasts in a ruined hamlet. The inhabitants of the nearby village despise 'cunning folk' like them, but their services - healing balms, herbal remedies - will always be in demand, and they have a way of coming to know all the village's secrets.

A chance meeting sees Sarah become acquainted with Daniel, a young man from the village. In him, she sees a clever, caring man; in her, he sees not the strange, dirty outcast he knows he should, but rather the strong young woman coming into her own.

As they are drawn closer together, a new magistrate arrives in the area to investigate a spate of strange deaths befalling the villagers. Inevitably, his eye falls on Sarah's family, and his hand carries a burning torch. In the face of persecution, something as fragile as love seems impossible...

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786091178
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Lee won the Curtis Brown Creative Marian Keyes Scholarship, and her work has been selected for the Womentoring Project and Penguin’s WriteNow Live. She lives in Warwickshire.

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