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Vixen by Rosie Garland

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In a rich, lyrical, descriptive style we are taken into a Devon village in 1348. The Black Death is just around the corner. Indeed it does arrive during the course of the novel. The work shows that mounting fear and the villagers need for reassurance and reliance on superstition. There is a feeling of menace throughout. We concentrate on a cold, pious, cruel, new priest, Thomas, his young, hopeful, 16-year old housekeeper, Anne, and Vixen, a mysterious mute, a small but adult woman, the Maid. Anne and the Maid form a sexual relationship which enrages Thomas with disastrous consequences. A fascinating tale of the 14th century.

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Vixen by Rosie Garland

Rosie Garland's extraordinary tale is a story of superstition and devotion in the time of the Black Death and will bewitch both new readers and fans of her much-loved debut, The Palace of Curiosities. Devon, 1349. In Brauntone, where seagulls screech across the fields and the wind has a mind to change, Father Thomas arrives as the new priest. Determined to impress his congregation, he quells fears of the coming pestilence with promises of protection. For Anne, the priest's arrival is an opportunity that at sixteen, she feels all too ready for. Convinced a grand fate awaits, she moves in as Thomas's housekeeper, though hopeful of something more. But his home is a place without love or kindness. So when a strange, mute Maid is discovered, washed up in the marshes, and taken in, Anne is grateful for the company. Their friendship is to give Anne the chance of a happiness she thought she'd never know. But soon the plague strikes Brauntone, spreading panic. And as the villagers' fear turns to anger, Thomas must sacrifice everything to restore their faith in him.


Praise for The Palace of Curiosities: 'Garland's lush prose is always a pleasure

'An alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and belonging in a vividly conveyed underworld, rich in carny phantasmagoria and lyrical romance'


'A jewel-box of a novel ... Garland is a real literary talent: definitely an author to watch'
Sarah Waters

'Reminds me of Angela Carter'
Jenni Murray

About the Author

Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie Garland has always been a cuckoo in the nest. She is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in Goth band The March Violets through touring with the Subversive Stitch exhibition in the 90s, to her current incarnation as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse, incomparable compere and electrifying poet. She has published five solo collections of poetry and her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologized. The Palace of Curiosities is her debut novel.

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30th November 1999


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