Tuesday 24th April 2018 – ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ by Beth Underwood
Tonight we launched TOMBS & TOMES Book Club as part of our first Literary Festival. New members of the group met and chatted about the first book club pick ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ by Beth Underdown.
Members’ enjoyed a good discussion on the themes of the book, exploring the portrayal of women in 17th Century England. The views were unanimous in the feeling that poorer women had a very difficult life and little respect amongst the men. Loss features greatly in this book as the lead character Alice has recently lost her husband and mother. She also miscarried a number of pregnancies. Her character is one that is fictional and it was felt she was not endearing. Alice’s brother is Matthew Hopkins, whose character is inspired by the real-life story of ‘The Witchhunter’.
It was felt the pace and tension set in the book was good but most members would not want to read it again and felt it only deserved a 3 star rating. Have you read it? What did you think?
TOMBS & TOMES Book Club rating
Would you like to join our book club? Our next book pick is ‘Fools and Mortals’ by Bernard Cornwall. We meet again on Tuesday 29th May – doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments – discussion 7-8pm.