The Daylight Gate

The Daylight Gate

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Can a man be maimed by witchcraft? Can a severed head speak? Based on the most notorious of English witch-trials, this is a tale of magic, superstition, conscience and ruthless murder. It is set in a time when politics and religion were closely intertwined; when, following the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, every Catholic conspirator fled to a wild and untamed place far from the reach of London law. This is Lancashire. This is Pendle. This is witch country.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • Cornerstone
  • Hammer
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099561859
  • 9780099561859
  • 32,126

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Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing the Cherry; a book of short stories, The World and Other Places; a collection of essays, Art Objects, a memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, as well as many other works, including children's books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival. She lives in London and Gloucestershire."show more

About Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing the Cherry; a book of short stories, The World and Other Places; a collection of essays, Art Objects, a memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, as well as many other works, including children's books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival. She lives in London and Gloucestershire.show more

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"This I ought to say, is a book worth reading – utterly compulsive, thick with atmosphere and dread, but sharp intelligence too...Ultimately she combines compelling history and poetic dialogue with suspense...This rather more sophisticated story would make a particularly vivid film."show more

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‘If you like her other novels, you will adore this. She has done her homework... the beauty of the writing, exemplary in its pared-down simplicity. It’s so seductive that by the middle I was hooked.’ -- Independent ‘Beautifully written passages.’ -- Independent on Sunday ‘This I ought to say, is a book worth reading – utterly compulsive, thick with atmosphere and dread, but sharp intelligence too...Ultimately she combines compelling history and poetic dialogue with suspense...This rather more sophisticated story would make a particularly vivid film.’ Telegraph ‘Sharp-eyed view of history...Winterson is at her best her when she’s dealing with real horrors.’ --Observer 'This dark story with its fantastical trappings of magick and mysticism, its strong women and wild, Lancastrian setting is Winterson’s natural habitat and she maps it with relish, weaving Shakespearean themes of ambiguous love affairs conducted by shape-shifting, androgynous lovers around the dire squalor superstition and sheer desperation revealed by the bleak facts of the trial...Filled with Winterson’s characteristic intelligence and energy... lively and enjoyable.' -- New Statesman 'Boy have Hammer hit the ground at a most appropriate run. So brilliantly has Winterson followed the Hammer tradition. Here are black masses, dark spells, heaving bosoms and evil not as some tremendous CGI effect, but starting from something as base as bigotry. Only the fact the characters seem like real people and not stereotypical yokels stops this from creating that lost Hammer classic in the reader's mind.' -- The Bookbag 'A real page-turner’ 5 star review -- Woman’s Ownshow more

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GOOD FRIDAY, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire. A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell. Is this a witches' Sabbat? Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And why is she among the group of thirteen on Pendle Hill? Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary? And how quickly can he be caught? This is the reign of James I, a Protestant King with an obsession: to rid his realm of twin evils, witchcraft and Catholicism, at any price ...Can a man be maimed by witchcraft?show more

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3,869 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 12% (479)
4 33% (1,260)
3 35% (1,373)
2 14% (552)
1 5% (205)

Our customer reviews

This was a fun read. I had read a lot of early writings of JW but with Written on the Body, I'd stopped as her writing was no longer appealing to me. This book was a quick read with imagery that would make it a good film.show more
by Anne Bentley
When I saw the topic of this book I was a little unsure, but being a Jeanette Winterson devotee (Gut Symmetries; Written on the Body and her recent memoir being favourites) I decided to buy. I was very disappointed. There is very little of the beauty of words demonstrated in this book - her usual trademark. When I read Jeanette Winterson I like to leave thinking about at least one abstract concept differently. Not so with this book which is quite prosaic; too simply composed and just...a bit boring. Had it been any other author (apart from Margaret Atwood!) I would not have finished this book.show more
by Dara Sampson
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