Angel Makers

Angel Makers

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The bleak Hungarian Plain, 1914, an isolated village shrouded in superstition and rumours of witchcraft... 'I have made mistakes. As surely as those eight women are twisting in the wind now, in my own bway, I've been twisting in the wind my whole life. At least that's what I tell myself when I cannot face up to what I am and what I've done...' Outcast from village life, Sari is tormented by a loneliness like no other. The daughter of a taltos, Sari has the second sight and a reputation as a witch. At the outbreak of war, the men of the village are called away to fight and a powerful bond develops between the women left behind. Sari, for the first time, finds herself with friends. However, these friendships come at a price as the women struggle to hold on to the freedom that war has brought them. Things take a sinister turn and suspicions are alerted, as one by one the villagers begin to uncover Sari's dark secret... BASED ON AN ASTONISHING TRUE STORY
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 33mm | 660g
  • PaperBooks Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0955109469
  • 9780955109461
  • 2,404,213

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The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson is without a doubt the best book I have read in years, period. It has been a long time since I have been so entranced by a book that I wanted to do nothing else but read it; and I ve read a lot of books. I can't even begin to describe how good this book is, how incredible it is, but I'm going to try. This is Gregson's first novel but it reads like a more mature work; I would have thought it was her third or forth work; the voices are so clear the writing so crisp. This novel is just so bloody refreshing!
- The Book Pedler

Jessica Gregson's stunning debut novel tells the story of the women in a small Hungarian village at the time of the First World War who spontaneously started murdering their menfolk. It may sound far-fetched, but The Angel Makers is actually based on a well-documented true story. Although Gregson's characters are fictional, they're complex and ultimately unforgettable, especially Sari, the former outcast who becomes a central part of village life. Lyrical, moving and disturbing, this is a gripping read.
- Dove Grey Reader
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1,764 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 19% (337)
4 43% (762)
3 31% (539)
2 6% (108)
1 1% (18)

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<p>Based on the true story of <em>The Angel Makers of Nagyrev</em>, about a group of women living in Hungary in the early part of the 20th century, the problems in Jessica Gregson's novel begin when the men of the village go off to fight in the First World War and in their absence are replaced by some rather dashing, smooth-talking prisoners. When the husbands return they find that they are somewhat outclassed in the charm department and the women have some decisions to make. Gregson presents this fictional account from a very sympathetic point of view. The scenes of domestic violence and the imbalance of power it creates in any relationship has a real latter-day resonance and the reader is cleverly steered into being completely onside for the retribution. This is a great, unputdownable read which will have you rushing to look up some background on the original events which history, as you can well imagine, sees from a very different perspective than the one presented in this fine novel.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lynne Hatwell</a></p>show more
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