The Last Witchfinder

Author(s): James Morrow


Jennet is the daughter of the Witchfinder of Mercia and East Anglia. Whilst her father roams the countryside in search of heretics, Jennet is left behind to be schooled by her aunt Isobel in the New Philosophy principally expounded by Isaac Newton. But her aunt's style of scientific enquiry soon attracts the attention of the witchfinders. To save her aunt, Jennet travels to Cambridge to seek the help of Newton himself. Isobel is burned at the stake but in her dying moments, begs Jennet to devote her life to overturning the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. This is a huge rollercoaster of a novel as Jennet travels to America and witnesses the Salem witch trials; is abducted by Indians; begins an affair with Benjamin Franklin; travels back to England and finally meets the real Newton; is shipwrecked; then ends up back in America where her brother is now the Witchfinder Royal. In a great final showdown between old superstition and new science, Jennet decides to have herself accused of witchcraft in order to disprove its existence. First published 2006.


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Attractive new packaging for paperback To include illustrated Reading Group Notes (text summary, author Q&A, questions for discussion, timeline and mini biographies) Perfect for fans of historical romps such as Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - a commercial and accessible read 'Here are storytelling, showmanship and provocative book-club bait (try finding another recent novel that rivals this one for erudite talking points), all rolled into one inventive feat' New York Times 'A dazzling novel about the clash between superstition and science...This is an extravagant, expansive, erudite, energetic feast of information and adventure...I felt bound to read on as if tied to a stake myself' Sunday Telegraph

'This is a historical romp that makes most other novels bearing that description seem like a retroactive wriggle' -- Tom Cox DAILY MAIL 23.03.07 'This picaresque, idiosyncratic and erudite work is garnished with no small measure of wit' THE HERALD 'This picaresque adventure marries philosophy, science and outlandish humour' THE INDEPENDENT

James Morrow has lectured and worked in the fields of magazine publishing and television, as well as writing for children. He has written several books of science fiction but this is his first novel for the general audience.

General Fields

  • : 9780753821534
  • : phoenix
  • : phoenix
  • : March 2007
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : James Morrow
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 813.54
  • : 576
  • : 6 B/W Photo\Illu(s)