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The Butcher's Hook: a dark and twisted tale of Georgian London Hardcover – 1 March 2016

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads; 1 edition (1 March 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473625114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473625112
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3.3 x 22 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
  • Customer Reviews: 3.4 out of 5 stars97 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Ellis's appealing debut novel is like a cross between Fanny Burney's Evelina and US crime drama Dexter... Ellis excels at the poetics of flesh. She writes with a keen eye for the texture of skin and the meat beneath. She vividly describes the slaughter of a calf, the wet thwack of the knife, the cleaving of muscle from bone, the hot rush of blood. Anne, we come to realise, is something of a sociopath. This is where The Butcher's Hook gets really interesting ... There's a wit and a richness to the writing, a nice way with pastiche, and a real feel for the macabre. And, in Anne, she has created an engaging and at times daringly amoral heroine. (Observer (Paperback of the Week))

Ellis has a public personality of great charm, and a good deal of this gets into her writing... she revels in the historical details, has a grasp of pace and knows how to keep her audience hooked (The Times)

The Butcher's Hook doesn't read like a first novel - it is a high-finish performance. Its heroine is an 18th-century teenage girl, who starts demurely although her sex drive turns out to be anything but demure. You need to be braced for violence to rival any Jacobean tragedy: The Butcher's Hook will hook you. (Observer (New Faces of Fiction))

This author remains one to watch. She has a sharp eye and a sharper wit. More importantly still, she possesses a subtle and compassionate understanding of the human heart (Guardian)

A strange, unsettling story (The Sunday Times)

This is a dark, weird, gloriously feminist story of a girl in 1763 pushing against the limits of her role and a dark love story. (Elle UK (Best New Books for 2016))

A story of dispassionate, bloody brilliance rich in believable period detail (Metro)

Actress and former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis has created a surprising blend of psychological thriller and revenge tragedy in her debut novel... In Vanity Fair, Thackeray demonstrated how society determines character, and this suggestion underlies Ellis's robust and textured vision of the Georgian mindset. But from it emerges an unsettling portrait of a deeply damaged individual whose capacity for creating mayhem is timeless (Daily Mail)

A gripping girl-power story (Sun)

Ellis weaves her tale with deft skill, striking imagery and a boldness rare in a first novel (Mail on Sunday)

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars If there's one thing you can do today is buy this fantastic book. You won't be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Janet
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