The Hemlock Cure

Joanne Burn


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Little, Brown Book Group
10 February 2022
ISBN: 9780751581928
336 pages

From the publisher

Perfect for readers of Hamnet and The Manningtree Witches

'Vivid and poetic'
'Exquisitely written' SONIA VELTON
'Fascinating' LIZ HYDER
'Heart-wrenching' REBECCA F. JOHN
'Wholly original' SARAH BURTON
'Exquisite' EMMA CARROLL
'Bewitching' ROZ WATKINS
'Spellbinding' NIKKI MARMERY
'Mesmerizing' ROSIE ANDREWS

It is 1665 and the women of Eyam keep many secrets.

Isabel Frith, the village midwife, walks a dangerous line with her herbs and remedies. There are men in the village who speak of witchcraft, and Isabel has a past to hide. So she tells nobody her fears about Wulfric, the pious, reclusive apothecary.

Mae, Wulfric's youngest daughter, dreads her father's rage if he discovers what she keeps from him. Like her feelings for Rafe, Isabel's ward, or that she studies from Wulfric's forbidden books at night.

But others have secrets too. Secrets darker than any of them could have imagined.

When Mae makes a horrifying discovery, Isabel is the only person she can turn to. But helping Mae will place them both in unspeakable peril.

And meanwhile another danger is on its way from London. One that threatens to engulf them all . . .

Based on the real history of an English village during the Great Plague, The Hemlock Cure is an utterly beguiling tale of fear and ambition, betrayal, self-sacrifice and the unbreakable bond between two women.