The Black Air

Jennifer Lane


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UCLan Publishing
7 September 2023
ISBN: 9781915235312
312 pages

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400 years ago the witches were hanged …

In a remote village overshadowed by a gruesome legend and ancient superstitions, who can say what’s real, what’s not, and what should stay buried deep inside your head? 

Sixteen-year-old Cate Aspey would do anything to change her life. Stuck in the middle of nowhere with a hermit dad and a step-mum who can’t seem to do anything right, Cate is going out of her mind. Thank god for her closest friends, Tawny and her little sister Robyn.  

The legend of the Long Byrne witches has haunted the village for 400 years, with the hangings of Jane Hollingworth and Rose Ackroyd leaving their shadows across the community. The stories are part of everyone’s psyche, especially Cate’s. She can’t get enough of the old tales. But when beautiful, serene Bryony Hollingworth arrives at school, the whole of Long Byrne starts talking. Who is she? And why has she mysteriously arrived just before the anniversary of the legendary witches’ deaths?