16.7.2014 - VIXEN BOOK LAUNCH - Manchester
Announcing the Manchester launch of Rosie Garland's second novel, Vixen.
The Portico Library is hosting this PRE-publication day launch event. Bookshop provided by the lovely folk at Chorlton Bookshop – copies available a day before publication!
Contact the Portico Library for tickets 0161 236 6785
It is 1349.
In Brauntone, where seagulls screech across the fields and the wind has a mind to change, Father Thomas arrives as the new priest. Determined to impress his congregation, he quells fears of the coming pestilence with promises of protection.
For Anne, the priest's arrival is an opportunity. Convinced a grand fate awaits, she moves in as Thomas's housekeeper, though hopeful of more. But his home is a place without love or kindness.
Meanwhile, a strange mute Maid is dancing with Death through the forest. She is discovered, washed up in the marshes, and taken in by Anne. Their friendship is to give Anne the chance of a happiness she thought she'd never know.
But soon the plague strikes Brauntone, spreading panic. And as the villagers' fear turns to anger, Thomas must sacrifice anything to restore their faith in him.
Praise for Rosie Garland's debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities
'Garland's lush prose is always a pleasure' Guardian
'An alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and belonging' Metro
'Bewitching' Good Housekeeping
'A jewel-box of a novel ... Garland is a real literary talent' Sarah Waters
'Reminds me of Angela Carter' Jenni Murray
'Fabulously strange historical debut... sheer, demented fun' Suzi Feay