Author and historical consultant on witchcraft and magic

Cecily, by Annie Garthwaite

Cecily, by Annie Garthwaite

The claim that Cecily is “Wolf Hall for the 2020s” is a big one. The best and rarest thing about Hilary Mantel’s novels telling the story of Thomas Cromwell and his world was their immersive detail. Mantel combined the precision of meticulous research with the...
Birdcage Walk, by Helen Dunmore

Birdcage Walk, by Helen Dunmore

Birdcage Walk is set in Bristol, England during the French Revolution. Then as now, Bristol was home to lively debate about the rights and wrongs of political life. In the 1780s-1790s there was a particular focus on the rights of women to hold property, access...