The Conviction Of Cora Burns

by Carolyn Kirby

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Conviction Of Cora Burns

A deeply dark, yet brilliantly stunning and unique debut - Cora Burns was born in gaol and raised in the workhouse, now servant for a scientist what exactly is his current experiment?

I was completely and utterly consumed by this debut, it slowly took hold, crept into my thoughts, drew me in, and then refused to let me go. I really didn’t want to stop reading, and even now Cora Burns enters my mind and stops for a while. Cora Burns born in gaol and raised in a workhouse, finds herself in gaol once again before a scientist takes her on as a servant, just what exactly is his current experiment? The story starts in savage darkness, then spins forward in time before rolling between 1865, 1874 and 1885, slowly answering questions yet creating more. Carolyn Kirby has created the most deeply felt and amazing character in Cora (to me she isn’t a character but as real as real can be). There were times when I almost didn’t want to read her story, I wanted to shut my eyes, hum, and put my hands to my ears, and yet I simply couldn’t stop, the words haunted me, called to me, devoured me. The Conviction of Cora Burns enthralling, fascinating and so incredibly worthwhile, developed into the most unexpectedly fierce and beautiful read (I think you will understand if you step between the pages).

Liz Robinson

The Conviction Of Cora Burns Synopsis

Birmingham, 1885.

Born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse, Cora Burns has always struggled to control the violence inside her.

Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of scientist Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to be the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora...?

With the power and intrigue of Laura Purcell's The Silent Companions and Sarah Schmidt's See What I Have Done, Carolyn Kirby's stunning debut takes the reader on a heart-breaking journey through Victorian Birmingham and questions where we first learn violence: from our scars or from our hearts.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780857303271
Publication date: 24th October 2019
Author: Carolyn Kirby
Publisher: No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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About Carolyn Kirby

Carolyn Kirby is the author of The Conviction of Cora Burns which was longlisted for the Historical Writers' Association Debut Crown Award. Before becoming a full-time writer, Carolyn worked in social housing and as a teacher. She has two grown-up daughters and lives with her husband in Oxfordshire

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