“More than a shivery treat . . . [the novel] touches on nearly every aspect of witchcraft, both historical and imaginative . . . sober, precise, and solemnly beautiful . . . utterly spellbinding.” Washington Post
The Daylight Gate
978-0-8021-2283-4 • $14.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2014
“Mixing historical detail and dark horror, [Winterson] brilliantly brews a spellbinding take on the 1612 English witch trials.” People
“Winterson’s haunting imagery and narrative immediacy captivate. An engrossing story that’s sure to leave you shivering.” Elle
An instant bestseller in the UK, The Daylight Gate is Jeanette Winterson’s singular vision of a dark period of complicated morality, sex, and tragic plays for power in a time when politics and religion were closely intertwined. On Good Friday, 1612, deep in the woods of Pendle Hill, a gathering of thirteen is interrupted by the local magistrate. Two of their coven have already been imprisoned for witchcraft and are awaiting trial, but those who remain are vouched for by the wealthy and respected Alice Nutter. Shrouded in mystery and gifted with eternally youthful beauty, Alice is established in Lancashire society and insulated by her fortune. As those accused of witchcraft retreat into darkness, Alice stands alone as a realm-crosser, a conjurer of powers that will either destroy her or set her free.