The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

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Like all horror stories, it asks the reader to suspend disbelief and enter into its parameters, but it can't shake off the truth that the real forces of darkness and light exist within the extremes of human nature.
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A wonderfully atmospheric, intricating woven, magical modern-day tale of the Pendle Witches. The animosity and anger betwen the accused and the accusers -- which tore the community apart in the seventeenth century -- is still going strong today.

The animosity and anger between the accused and the accusers -- which tore the community apart in the seventeenth century -- is still going strong in the present day. A couple go to Pendle and the woman is caught up in the legend that has haunted the area for centuries.
 

About Jeanette Winterson

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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 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 Goucestershire.
 
Published October 1, 2013 by Grove Press. 242 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History, Horror. Fiction
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Reviewed by Thomas Mallon on Oct 04 2013

Winterson is always a grand conjurer of ghoulish effects, sometimes backlighting them with visible merriment over her own excesses. The dungeons in this new book offer her fine opportunities: a room “piled with rats about three feet deep, eating each other”...

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Reviewed by Sarah Hall on Aug 16 2012

As well as being a gripping gothic read, the book provides historical social commentary on the phenomenon of witchcraft and witchcraft persecution.

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Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Aug 11 2012

Like all horror stories, it asks the reader to suspend disbelief and enter into its parameters, but it can't shake off the truth that the real forces of darkness and light exist within the extremes of human nature.

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