Jeanette Winterson - The Daylight Gate
Released: 16/08/2012 HammerMoving away from memoir territory, Jeanette Winterson joins forces with the revived publishing arm of Hammer Horror for a novella about witch trials in 16th-century Lancashire. A group of suspected women flee to the woods while the governing townsmen conspire to prosecute them; think The Crucible with the political allegory replaced by Winterson's usual gender concerns. For more information visit: http://www.jeanettewinterson.com/ Buy: http://www.foyles.co.uk/item/Fiction-Poetry/The-Daylight-Gate,Jeanette-Winterson-9780…
The Telegraph“Combines compelling history and poetic dialogue with suspense...” In a story heavy with evil, another theme finally comes shining through: that of the abiding endurance of love. The old Hammer horrors were never big on redemption. But this rather more sophisticated story would make a particularly vivid film...
New Statesman“Lively and enjoyable...” This dark story with its fantastical trappings of magick and mysticism, its strong women and wild, Lancastrian setting is Winterson’s natural habitat and she maps it with relish...
Guardian“Has all the grisly freshness of a newly exhumed graveyard corpse...” The narrative voice is irrefutable; this is old-fashioned storytelling, with a sermonic tone that commands and terrifies. It's also like courtroom reportage, sworn witness testimony. The sentences are short, truthful – and dreadful...
Book Bag“So brilliantly has Winterson followed the Hammer tradition...” The historian may scoff but those seeking the riches and depths of dark fantasy, where there's lots of macabre and the arcane yet nought so evil as humans, will relish this short novel...
The Independent“When the past falls under the spell of an enchanting novelist...” Winterson is always a strong and bitter flavour, Seville oranges. By now most intelligent readers will know if they like the taste or not. If you loved her other novels, you will adore this...
The Observer“Historical fact proves more chilling than the supernatural fantasy...” Winterson is at her best here when she is dealing with real horrors...But the social realism sits uneasily alongside the supernatural elements...
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