This Fearful Thing

Artwork by Sandy Horsley

An act of revenge. An accusation of witchcraft. A reckoning.

Southwold, Suffolk, 1645. Ann has fled from her past but when her childhood tormentor finds her in a busy street, she realises the past she thought long-buried has come back to haunt her. When rumours of witchcraft begin she knows that he will stop at nothing to destroy her…

Inspired by true events, ‘This Fearful Thing’ tells the sometimes harrowing story of a woman accused of witchcraft, not once, but three times and her fight to survive.

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Inspiration for ‘This Fearful Thing

I once read that you should write the book that you can’t find but that you really want to read.

I was hard-pressed to find any novels about witchcraft written from the point of view of the women who stood trial and, as a woman of a certain age, I started to gnaw away at the thought ‘What would it be like to be accused – what would you do?’ 

This Fearful Thing’ is the result and tells Ann’s story in her own voice. It is my first novel.

Throughout the writing process, I have felt that Ann was looking over my shoulder, often steering me in unexpected directions and that she wanted her story told, and to be remembered. I hope I have done her justice.

In the course of my research, I discovered the amazing story of a bigger witchcraft trial just down the road in Aldeburgh, involving no less a person than the Witchfinder General himself, Matthew Hopkins, so I am now thrilled to be writing my next book!

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