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The Last Witchfinder

(2006)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel (nominee)


From a writer who has been lauded as "an original -- stylistically ingenious, savagely funny, always unpre-dictable" (Philadelphia Inquirer) and "unerring" (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has been compared to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Updike, a writer whose pen has given us a devastating lampoon of the nuclear-arms race and an audacious answer to the outrageous question "What if God had a daughter?" -- from this writer, the critically acclaimed James Morrow, comes a novel of history, adventure, science, sex, satire, absurdity, and philosophy.

Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a living in Restoration England. But when this precocious child witnesses the horrifying death of her beloved Aunt Isobel, unjustly executed as a sorceress, she makes it her life's mission to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. A self-educated "natural philosopher," Jennet is inspired in her quest by a single sentence in a cryptic letter from Isaac Newton: It so happens that in the Investigations leading first to my Conjectures concerning Light and later to my System of the World, I fell upon a pretty Proof that Wicked Spirits enjoy no essential Existence. Armed with nothing but the power of reason and her memory of Isobel's love, Jennet cannot rest until she has put the last witchfinder out of business.

Abrim with picaresque adventures -- escapades that carry Jennet from King William's Britain to the fledgling American Colonies to an uncharted Caribbean island -- our heroine's search for justice entangles her variously in the machinations of the Salem Witch Court, the customs of her Algonquin Indian captors, the designs of a West Indies pirate band, and the bedsheets of her brilliant lover, the young Ben Franklin. Finally, in a reckless and courageous ploy, Jennet arranges to go on trial herself for sorcery, the only way she can defeat the witchfinders now and forever. Rich in detail, rollicking in style, and endlessly engaging, The Last Witchfinder is a tour de force of historical fiction.

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April 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Last Witchfinder: na
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-297-85258-2 / 978-0-297-85258-2 (UK edition)
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March 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Last Witchfinder: A Novel
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-06-082179-5 / 978-0-06-082179-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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January 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Last Witchfinder
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-7394-7465-0 / 978-0-7394-7465-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

March 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Witchfinder: A Novel
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-06-082180-9 / 978-0-06-082180-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Last Witchfinder: na
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-297-85259-0 / 978-0-297-85259-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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March 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Last Witchfinder
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-7538-2153-2 / 978-0-7538-2153-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix, London
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Witchfinder: A Novel
Author(s): James Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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