NCW Book Club

The Manningtree Witches

Friday 27 May, 6.00pm

National Centre for Writing

Free event

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Tickets: £0.00

Free but booking required

Join us for a discussion of A.K. Blakemore’s ‘riveting, unsettling’ debut novel The Manningtree Witches; winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2021, Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month (November 2021) and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2021.

At this informal session you’ll meet like-minded readers and discuss the themes, characters and structure of this powerful work of historical fiction. We’ll provide the tea and biscuits!

Place an order with The Book Hive. Mention the NCW Book Club and you can purchase The Manningtree Witches with a 20% discount.


About The Manningtree Witches

England, 1643. Puritanical fervour has gripped the nation.

In Manningtree, depleted of men since the Civil War began, the women are left to their own devices and Rebecca West chafes against the drudgery of her days. But when Matthew Hopkins arrives, asking bladed questions and casting damning accusations, mistrust and unease seep into the lives of the women.

Caught between betrayal and persecution, what must Rebecca West do to survive?


About A.K. Blakemore

A.K. Blakemore is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: Humbert Summer (Eyewear, 2015) and Fondue (Offord Road Books, 2018), which was awarded the 2019 Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection. She has also translated the work of Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo (My Tenantless Body, Poetry Translation Centre, 2019). Her poetry and prose writing has been widely published and anthologised, appearing in the The London Review of Books, Poetry, Poetry Review and The White Review, among others.


This show has sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please call our box office on 01603 531800, or email stating how many tickets you would like.


Important information

Venue: National Centre for Writing

Duration: 90 Minutes


Tickets: Free but booking required

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27 May

06:00 pm

Image credit: Masthead © Sophie Davidson

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