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Book Club Podcast: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

20 December 2022

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The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is the December choice for the Church Times Book Club. On this accompanying podcast, Dr Natalie K. Watson, who has written the Book Club essay about the book, talks to Sarah Meyrick.

The book is published by Picador at £8.99 and is available from the Church Times Bookshop for £8.09.

Dr Natalie K. Watson is a theologian, writer, and editor, living in Peterborough.

The Church Times Book Club is run in association with the Festival of Faith and Literature. Tickets are now on sale for the next Festival, which takes place in Winchester in February. For more information and to buy tickets, visit faithandliterature.hymnsam.co.uk.

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About the book: Inspired by the Vardø storm and the witch trials in northern Norway in 1621, The Mercies follows the lives of the women who are left behind on their remote island after a ferocious storm wipes out all the men at sea. In the storm’s wake, the women learn to embrace independence, but their newfound strength is put to the test when an official arrives from the mainland armed with the task of dismantling their power and restoring male domination. The women’s independence is perceived as subversive, and charges of witchcraft soon follow. A chilling witch hunt begins.

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