The Familiars

The Familiars

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 24/09/2019
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The Familiars
A real treasure
I was so happy to receive a proof copy of this book because I am friends with someone who had a relative involved in the Pendle Witch trials and have lived... READ MORE
Leonie Robertshaw
The Familiars
A fascinating window into history
Beyond a vague awareness of their existence I didn't know anything about the Pendle witch trials before reading this book, but this story has very much ins... READ MORE
Holly Workman at Reading Broad Street
The Familiars
Spellbinding - a gripping tale
Fleetwood's story gripped me from the first chapter. An intriguing tale of the friendship between 2 women from very different backgrounds, and how only the... READ MORE
Rebecca Blake
The Familiars
A fantastic read
I knew I wanted to read this around Christmas as every year I read something suitably gothic, mysterious and historical in nature. I absolutely loved it an... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton
The Familiars
A new author to watch, a tale to sink into.
I really enjoyed Stacey Hall’s ‘The Familiars’, and its recent release in paperback will hopefully encourage more readers to pick it up. Set in 1612 in the... READ MORE
Charlie Castelletti

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Debut Book of the Year 2020

In a time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all...

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir.

When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the north-west, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon the two women's lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood's stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

  • Publisher: Zaffre
  • ISBN: 9781785766145
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 326g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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The Familiars
Eminently readable historical fiction marred by a dubious heroine and lack of atmosphere.
Stacey Halls debut historical novel is a fictionalised account of the Pendle witch trials in 17th-century Lancashire and with a cast of characters drawn fr... READ MORE
Valerie Hall
The Familiars
Love this book
Such an amazing book read it in two days.
Helena Jennings
The Familiars
Addictive
It is such a fantastic book. I could stop reading it!! It will warm your heart and you will be wishing for more at its end.
Giseli Romansini
The Familiars
Enthralling
I could not put this book down! It is imaginative, empowering and filled with a sense of mystery. I loved every twist and turn and was overjoyed at how unp... READ MORE
Nicole O'Connell
The Familiars
So much promise but badly written
This is such an interesting part of history, and had the potential to be an amazing read. Unfortunately it doesn't deliver, with both plot and characters w... READ MORE
Emily Beighton
The Familiars
Fantastic historical fiction about the Pendle witch trials
I really enjoyed every single aspect of this book despite it being totally outside of my usual gd re choice. The cover was exquisite with such fantastic at... READ MORE
Clara Carter
The Familiars
Loved this book!
I could not put this down, I was gripped right from the beginning and ended up reading this in just under 2 days!! It has it all, mystery, intrigue, bit of... READ MORE
Jo Strachan-O'Donnell
The Familiars
Feels like a missed opportunity
The book had such an intriguing plot and I was anticipating to meet all the main and secondary characters so much. I expected to dive into this world of ma... READ MORE
Lisa Levene
The Familiars
A magical feat of historical fiction!
The Familiars is a wonderful exploration of histories perceptions of women - notably of those women who are deemed to be “witches”, namely as the result of... READ MORE
Emily  Minness
The Familiars
Fantastic.
Please read this book you will not be disappointed, a magnificent story of friendship and perseverance. Empowering and moving. I loved every page.
Louisa Browning
The Familiars
Beautiful
Please buy this book! A beautiful read, one that will leave an everlasting impression on you
Charlotte
The Familiars
Amazin
I loved this book. Wonderfully written with an incredible story. Absolutely incrdible.
Camila Csupor
The Familiars
A great read
I really enjoyed this book. I read in the evening and found it hard to go to bed a couple of times as I didn't want to stop! The feeling of injustice was ... READ MORE
Rebecca Alexander
The Familiars
An Incredible Historical Fiction Novel
This was the first Stacey Halls novel I read and I can say I was not disappointed at all. I have never read much Historical Fiction, but since reading the ... READ MORE
Teresa Gardner
The Familiars
Amazing
I can’t believe this is a debut novel! The story was rich and detailed as well as informative. I didn’t know anything about the Pendle Hill Witches before ... READ MORE
Rebecca Ross
The Familiars
Worthy of a read
Odious, self-serving and power-seeking men and predominantly poor and powerless women in an era of inequality and suspicion supply the ingredients for a en... READ MORE
BarbaraC
The Familiars
Lockdown page turner
Decent storyline and flows well so you can read it all in one sitting. In my case three as it matched well with a glass of Malbec in these lockdown times.
Emma Brown
The Familiars
A beautiful tale of friendship and witchcraft.
Filled with wonder and superstition, The Familiars offers a chilling insight to the Lancaster witch trials alongside the beautiful reality of friendship.
Amy  Draganic
The Familiars
Absolutely loved this book!
I found this book in a charity shop, read the back and thought to myself “wow! Witches, witch trails, it’s based in the 1600s and only £2?! Definitely gett... READ MORE
Kaiden Hoadley
The Familiars
Strong female characters
The year is 1612, King James I is on the English throne. Daemonologie, his published book about witchcraft, is causing a stir with men who wish to become c... READ MORE
Jennifer James
The Familiars
Bewitching, addictive and so mysterious. Hooked from the first chapter
A truly additive page turner with feminist themes with a plot of witchcraft and motherhood. Female solidarity between Fleetwood and Alice is so strong, bre... READ MORE
Emily Hepworth