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The Butcher's Hook

(2016)
A novel by

 

"Utterly mesmeric."
Hannah Kent


"A masterful storyteller."
Clare Mackintosh


Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2016.

The debut novel by actress and presenter Janet Ellis, The Butcher's Hook is the dark and unexpected tale of a young girl in 18th-century London determined to take her life in her own hands. No matter the cost.

Anne Jaccob is coming of age in late 18th-century London. When she is taken advantage of by her tutor - and her father's great friend - her powerlessness in the world is brought home to her. And it joins several other formative experiences in her short life so far that will serve to dictate her future actions. Her saviour appears in the form of Fub, the butcher's boy. But will what she learns in his company actually be her salvation or her damnation?

Anne's morality is certainly more than dubious, but the influences on her are no less so. And through Ellis' rich but deft storytelling and portrayal of Anne's strength of character, listeners will find themselves almost excusing her escalating crimes, even when self-defence becomes overridden by something darker.

This is a book in which the panoramas and filthy streets of the city, the colour and bear-baiting of St Bartholomew's Fair, the nobility and the hypocrisy of learning and piety, the excitement and envy of love and obsession, and the visceral rites of passage of passion and death are all gloriously celebrated and scrutinised.

A sweeping tale - but always an intimate one - told with the same intricate details as Sarah Waters' works and the compelling darkness of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites.

Genre: Historical
 
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Used availability for Janet Ellis's The Butcher's Hook


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Hardback Editions

January 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Ellis
ISBN: 1-68177-311-2 / 978-1-68177-311-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook: Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016
Author(s): Janet Ellis
ISBN: 1-4736-2511-4 / 978-1-4736-2511-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

October 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook: Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016
Author(s): Janet Ellis
ISBN: 1-4736-2515-7 / 978-1-4736-2515-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2016 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
ISBN: 1-4870-0099-5 / 978-1-4870-0099-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA   

January 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook: Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016
Author(s): Janet Ellis
ISBN: 1-4736-2512-2 / 978-1-4736-2512-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

February 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon   

February 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   

March 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA   

February 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Butcher's Hook: Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   


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