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The Butcher's Hook: a dark and twisted tale of Georgian London Paperback – 13 December 2016

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads; 1 edition (13 December 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473625157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473625150
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
  • Customer Reviews: 3.4 out of 5 stars97 customer ratings

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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

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

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

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

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

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

A gripping girl-power story - Sun

Ellis has created something marvellous in the character of Anne Jaccob - her voice is strange, dark and utterly mesmeric. This is historical fiction as I've never encountered it before: full of viscera, snarling humour and obsessive desire. I loved it. - Hannah Kent

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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

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

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

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

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

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

A gripping girl-power story - Sun

Ellis has created something marvellous in the character of Anne Jaccob - her voice is strange, dark and utterly mesmeric. This is historical fiction as I've never encountered it before: full of viscera, snarling humour and obsessive desire. I loved it. - Hannah Kent

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