The Mer­cies

Non-fic­tion

The Citizen (KZN) - - City -

Au­thor: Ki­ran Mill­wood Har­grave

Pub­lisher: Pan Macmil­lan ISBN: 9781529005­103

In­spired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch tri­als, this is a story about how sus­pi­cion can twist its way through a com­mu­nity, and love that may be as dan­ger­ous as it is pow­er­ful. Lauded by Made­line Miller, au­thor of Circe, as “A grip­ping novel … beau­ti­ful and chill­ing”, it in­vokes the ac­tual his­tory of a Euro­pean king’s prose­cu­tion of 91 peo­ple for witch­craft. In this tale of re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion with a fem­i­nist bite, the cold life and pol­i­tics of a fish­ing vil­lage come alive vividly. – Hay­den Horner

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