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The Familiars

by Stacey Halls

Audiobooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Reading Group Recommendations Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The Familiars

A stunningly beautiful, courageous story, one that crosses through time to 1612, when witchcraft allegations went hand in hand with fear, power and corruption. This is a work of fiction based on real people, local residents, Pendle witches and all. Mysterious, yet almost gentle, I let the words take me, I felt myself floating, and then bites of uncertainty and disquiet started to gnaw at my awareness. The persecution of the women hammered home while an otherworldly existence lodged itself in my thoughts, and remains there. Deceptively powerful, moving and provocative, Stacey Hall has created a beautifully eloquent tale. Opening a window into a vivid feast of a read, as a debut novel The Familiars stands out from the crowd.

Liz Robinson

The Familiars Synopsis

To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life....

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. 

Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby and to prove the physician wrong. 

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? 

Soon the two women's lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood's stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. 

Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781785766145
Publication date: 19/09/2019
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781785766114
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Format: Hardback

Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Audio
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Stacey Halls
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Audio
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Audiobooks of the Month, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,

About Stacey Halls

Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders. She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21. She was media editor at the Bookseller and books editor at, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor. The Familiars is her first novel.

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