New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
     New Books     Coming Soon     
book cover of The Butcher\'s Hook

The Butcher's Hook

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
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    

Praise for this book

"Utterly mesmeric." - Hannah Kent

"A masterful storyteller." - Clare Mackintosh


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Janet Ellis's The Butcher's Hook

Hardback Editions

January 2017 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: 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
thumb

Title: 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   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

February 2018 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Butcher's Hook: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Ellis
ISBN: 1-68177-642-1 / 978-1-68177-642-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


October 2016 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: 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   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2016 : Canada Paperback
thumb

Title: 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   


February 2016 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: 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
thumb

Title: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


January 2017 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon   


February 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Butcher's Hook: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   


March 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Butcher's Hook
Author(s): Janet Ellis
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

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