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The Mercies
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
The Mercies
Written by:
Kiran Millwood Hargrave 
Read by:
Jessie Buckley 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
11 hours 7 minutes 
Published:
February 06 2020 
Available Date:
February 06 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781529042771 
Genres:
Fiction; Historical Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, The Mercies is a story about how suspicion can twist its way through a community, and a love that may prove as dangerous as it is powerful.

On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, 40 fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an instant. Now the women must fend for themselves. Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of Vardø to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In Vardø and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God and flooded with a mighty and terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs. Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Mercies is a story about how suspicion can twist its way through a community, and a love that may prove as dangerous as it is powerful.

'Gripping, beautiful and chilling.'
Madeline Miller, Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles

'A book for our times ... Millwood Hargrave is a whirlwind, storm-building talent'
Daisy Johnson