Newes from the Dead

Newes from the Dead

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In 1650 Anne Green, a young servant girl, gave birth prematurely to an illegitimate child. Sadly the baby died and poor Anne was falsely accused of infanticide. In front of a large crowd she was hanged and then carried to the College of Physicians to be dissected for medical science. But as Anne's corpse lay on the table and the doctors assembled, a strange rattle was heard in her throat. Could she still be alive?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 126 x 182 x 27mm | 332g
  • Bodley Head Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0370329481
  • 9780370329482
  • 391,283

About Mary Hooper

Mary has been writing professionally for over twenty years and has published nearly eighty books for children and young people. She has written funny books, 'issue' books and spooky books, and has now settled into doing what she loves best: writing historical novels centering around real situations (The Great Plague in 1665, for example) and real people (Anne Green, who was hanged for infanticide in Oxford, 1650).
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Review quote

"Intriguing and captivating."-Celia Rees"A chilling, mesmerizing read."-"Kirkus Reviews""A grabber of a premise."-"School Library Journal""A historical mystery that is creepy in the best Edgar Allen Poe tradition, as well as thought-provoking."-"Booklist""First-rate . . . Anne's story, handled with skill and passion, will be hard for anyone to put down."-"The Times" (UK)"A well researched, riveting read."-"The Horn Book"
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Back cover copy

It is 1650 and a baby lies raw and cold, dead before it even drew breath. A young servant girl, terrified and alone, is accused of its murder and sent to the gallows. Protesting her innocence in the chill air of a December morning, Anne Green is hanged. Moments later her lifeless body is lifted down from the scaffold and carried to the College of Physicians for brutal dissection.

But as Anne's corpse lies on the table and the doctors assemble, a strange rattle is heard in her throat. Against all the odds, could she still be alive?
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Rating details

2,035 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 25% (502)
4 38% (778)
3 26% (539)
2 9% (177)
1 2% (39)
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