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  • Published: 15 December 2020
  • ISBN: 9781786091321
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

The Daylight Gate




Based on the Pendle witch trials of 1612, an extraordinary story of magic, superstition, and ruthless murder by Jeanette Winterson, author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

'A gripping gothic read' Sarah Hall, Guardian'Utterly compulsive' Daily Telegraph'So seductive ... I was hooked' IndependentThe Forest of Pendle used to be a hunting ground, but some say that the hill is the hunter - alive in its black-and-green coat cropped like an animal pelt.

Good Friday, 1612. Two notorious witches await trial and certain death in Lancaster Castle, whilst a small group gathers in secret protest. Into this group the self-made Alice Nutter stakes her claim and swears to fight against the rule of fear. But what is Alice's connection to these witches? What is magic if not power, and what will happen to the women who possess it?

  • Published: 15 December 2020
  • ISBN: 9781786091321
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson CBE was born in Manchester. Adopted by Pentecostal parents she was raised to be a missionary. This did and didn’t work out.

Discovering early the power of books she left home at 16 to live in a Mini and get on with her education. After graduating from Oxford University she worked for a while in the theatre and published her first novel at 25. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is based on her own upbringing but using herself as a fictional character. She scripted the novel into a BAFTA-winning BBC drama. 27 years later she re-visited that material in the bestselling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? She has written 10 novels for adults, as well as children’s books, non-fiction and screenplays. She is Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester. She lives in the Cotswolds in a wood and in Spitalfields, London.

She believes that art is for everyone and it is her mission to prove it.

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Praise for The Daylight Gate

If you like her other novels, you will adore this. She has done her homework... the beauty of the writing, exemplary in its pared-down simplicity. It’s so seductive that by the middle I was hooked.

Independent

If you like her other novels, you will adore this. She has done her homework... the beauty of the writing, exemplary in its pared-down simplicity. It’s so seductive that by the middle I was hooked.

Independent

Sharp-eyed view of history... Winterson is at her best her when she’s dealing with real horrors.

Observer

This is a dazzling book. Winterson is a deft storyteller and a writer of wonderful economy. It is one of the very few contemporary novels that I actually wished were longer.

Literary Review

A book worth reading – utterly compulsive, thick with atmosphere and dread, but sharp intelligence too...Ultimately she combines compelling history and poetic dialogue with suspense...This rather more sophisticated story would make a particularly vivid film.

Telegraph

Winterson seamlessly blends history with fiction... The Daylight Gate is an enthralling story unfussily told, I read it all in one sitting, only wishing there were more.

Evening Standard

Winterson weaves history with fiction in this atmospheric and totally captivating novel. Cancel your plans, you won't want to put this down.

Daily Express

Told with the author’s usual aplomb and should appeal to her many fans.

Daily Mail

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, weaving Shakespearean themes of ambiguous love affairs conducted by shape-shifting, androgynous lovers around the dire squalor superstition and sheer desperation revealed by the bleak facts of the trial...Filled with Winterson’s characteristic intelligence and energy... lively and enjoyable.

New Statesman

Beautifully written.

Independent on Sunday

Winterson lavishly embroiders a tale rich in Gothic supernatural touches... In a feverish climate, where fear of women and their sexuality often translated into rape and persecution, Winterson creates a deliciously dreadful tale that cleverly blurs the line between real and imagined horror.

Metro

A real page-turner

Woman’s Own

This is horror for the thinking person…compelling’

Saga

Sexy, terrifying and beautifully written, as you would expect.

Esther Freud, Daily Mail

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